Boys Varsity Basketball · Boys basketball: Tigers can’t seal the deal against pesky Raptors


LONGMONT — It was one of those games on Wednesday night that you assumed whoever made a play last was going to win.

And with 7.5 seconds left, Silver Creek’s Karson Wills proved just that. He went coast-to-coast after Holy Family had tied it 61-61 on the other end and finished at the basket, got the foul and then converted the three point play that was the difference in the Raptors 64-61 win over the Tigers.

Holy Family had one last chance to tie it after coach Pete Villecco’s timeout with 3.5 second left to draw up a play. Blake Hammond was able to get the ball to Esrom Abraha, but the senior’s contested 3-point attempt was short of its mark. The loss drops the Tigers back to .500 at 5-5 overall and 4-3 inside the NCAC.

The biggest lead of the game belonged to the Tigers early in the second quarter when they went up 15-10. From that point on neither team had a two possession lead the rest of the night. Holy Family and Silver Creek junior Andrew Scott traded baskets most of the night.

Scott finished with 30 points, including going 8-of-10 from 3-point land to lead the Raptors slightly unbalanced attack. Tanner Call (12 points) was the only other player in double figures for 5A Silver Creek, who improved to 7-2 and 4-2 in the league.

Holy Family was balanced offensively, led by Jackson Ward’s 12 points and Abraha’s 10. And the Tigers had big shots at random points from the bench, including big 3-pointers from Tommy Fritchen, Gabe Tafoya and Rocco Bridges.

The Tigers were down 61-59 with under 20 seconds to play and got the ball in the hands of Abraha, who has been a catalyst for the offense over the last two weeks, and his off-balance contested 12-footer dropped to tie the game. But the Raptors never stopped moving and caught Holy Family on its heels defensively, allowing the 5-foot-10 Hills to get all the way to the rim for the game-winning lay-in.

Holy Family will close out the road portion of its regular season on Friday at highly regarded Mead at 5 p.m. before finishing up with three home games next week. And much like Wednesday night there will be no girls game because of Covid-19 protocols.

SILVER CREEK 64, HOLY FAMILY 61

At Silver Creek HS

Holy Family (5-5, 4-3)   13   13   18   17   —   61

Silver Creek (7-2, 4-2)   10   14   20   20   —   64

Holy Family — Eric Quintana 2 0-0 5, Blake Hammond 2 3-4 7, Connor Cooney 3 3-4 9, Jackson Ward 5 2-3 12, Esrom Abraha 4 0-0 10, Gabe Tafoya 3 0-0 8, Rocco Bridges 1 0-0 2, Grayden Harkness 1 0-0 2, Brandon Pierret 1 0-0 2, Tommy Fritchen 1 0-0 3. Totals 23 8-11 61.

Silver Creek — Karson Hills 2 5-5 9, Tanner Call 4 4-4 12, Dylan Johnson 1 0-1 2, Will Rich 2 0-0 4, Andrew Scott 9 4-7 30, Spencer Weeks 0 0-0 0, Eli Hubert 1 1-2 3, Aidan Miller 0 0-0 0, Trevor Landrey 0 0-0 0, Bryan Silver 2 0-0 4, Bridger Sutherland 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 14-21 64.

3-pt. goals — Holy Family (7): Abraha 2, Tafoya 2, Quintana, Bridges, Fritchen; Silver Creek (8): Scott 8.