Holy Family boys basketball won its eighth consecutive game Jan. 3 defeating Eaton 68-30 at Holy Family High School.
The Tigers have beaten seven out of eight opponents by 30 points or more. The only team that’s given them a close match was when they beat Broomfield 54-41.
“We have a really good group of kids that have been working their butts off this year,” head coach Peter Villecco said. “They really have in the last four years. We have a strong senior group. We feel good about our team.”
Villecco said their success doesn’t come from one aspect in particular, but the strong work ethic they put into their matches.
“It’s just the way our boys have invested time in the last three summers,” Villecco said. “It’s the time they’ve spent in the gym working hard in our games.”
After an even first quarter with the scored tied at 10, the Tigers went on an 18-5 run in the second quarter to lead at halftime by 28-15.
Holy Family started to really pull away in the third quarter, leading by 30 points at the start of the fourth 53-23. The Tigers held on to their rhythm in the fourth quarter, claiming the 68-30 victory.
Holy Family’s defense only allowed 30 points the entire game, but that’s something the team has been doing all season. The Tigers haven’t let any of their opponents score more than 45 points against them.
“We do our best each game to make it difficult for our opponent to score,” Villecco said. “It’s been a staple of our program, we wanted to commit to a defensive team.”
Junior Luke Golter led the team with 18 points and was 75 percent at the free throw line. Sophomore Chris Helbig made 13 points and junior Alex Comeaux scored 12 points. Golter, senior Ryan Willis and junior Nick Kruetzer all had four rebounds.
As a sophomore last year, Golter didn’t play until February because he suffered a leg injury early in the season. Villecco said Golter had a really good offseason and has really gained strength in his legs.
“I thought Friday was a breakout game for Luke,” Villecco said. “He was aggressive from the start and played well for us.”
Holy Family travels to Bishop Machebeuf Jan. 10 to play a Buffaloes team that’s also undefeated so far this year. The Tigers also play Lutheran Jan. 14 at Lutheran High School.
“It’s the start of our league play,” Villecco said of preparing for Machebeuf. “Every Metro League game is important. It’s a rival of ours, they’re a good program and have been for the last four or five years. It’s going to be a lot more competitive.”