Tigers News · Boys basketball: Quick start propels Tigers past Fort Morgan


BROOMFIELD — Tanner Baird didn’t skip a beat.

The Holy Family senior, who spent a majority of his break on the court with his club team looked a fresh on Saturday against Fort Morgan as he did to start the season.

And in the first quarter against the Mustangs, he and senior running-mate Kyle Helbig single-handedly took the competitive life out of their opponents by scoring 22 of the 25 points in a 25-7 eight minute opener that turned into a 73-35 rout.

“There were a lot of open gyms with my club coach,” said Baird, who finished with a game-high 25 points. “He lets us all back in and its just a good way to stay at it.”

With the high school teams on mandatory hiatus over the break, early January basketball can always be a little dicey considering how little time teams have to spend with each other getting back into the flow of things.

The Tigers (7-2, 2-0), and still ranked No. 3 in the Class 4A CHSAANow.com polls, were on point from the get-go on Saturday. They frustrated the Mustangs defensively and shots were dropping offensively.

The lead grew in the third quarter, a stretch that belonged to Baird. He scored 12 points in the quarter, all on silky smooth mid-range jumpers.

“Getting out in transition was big today and a lot of times, that gets you going,” Baird said. “I’ve been a little inconsistent, but tonight was a good one.”

The Tigers shot the ball well all night long and across the board. Helbig finished with 18 points and point guard Dominic Nellis, who had several nifty assists, finished with eight points.

It was a satisfying first week back against two league opponents, that on paper presented problems, but in the end were no match for Holy Family.

“Two big wins. At Frederick and winning by 40 both times in the high 70’s is kind of the offensive output we wanted at the start of the season,” said Baird, whose team will be back at it on Tuesday night in Johnstown against Roosevelt. “There were a couple of adjustments that made that happen.”

HOLY FAMILY 73, FORT MORGAN 35

Fort Morgan (3-6, 0-2)   7   12   10   6   —   35

Holy Family (7-2, 2-0)   25   12   22   14   —   73

Fort Morgan — Jacob Ortega 0 0-0 0, Noah Rojo 0 0-0 0, Caden Edson 0 0-0 0, David Sarinana 2 0-0 4, Devin Mussuman 0 0-0 0, Nick Norris 4 2-3 10, Simon Graff 0 0-0 0, Adam Cardona 4 3-6 11, Isaac Linker 2 2-3 8, Andres Dubray 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 7-12 35.

Holy Family — Dominic Nellis 3 1-3 8, Kyle Helbig 5 5-8 18, Zach Becker 2 2-2 7, Tanner Baird 12 0-1 25, Eddie Bartoletti 1 0-0 2, Kenny Fernandez 1 0-0 2, Garrett Green 1 0-0 2, Adam Jolly 2 2-2 6, Andrew Campbell 0 0-0 0, Sam Snider 0 0-0 0, Brandon Pierret 1 0-0 3. Totals 28 10-16 73.

3-pt. goals — Fort Morgan (2): Linker 2; Holy Family (7): Helbig 3, Nellis, Becker, Baird, Pierret. Total fouls — Fort Morgan 16, Holy Family 16. Technical fouls — Ortega; Helbig.