By David Troppens
The 2020 portion of Holly’s varsity boys basketball season began on a high note.
The Bronchos ended a three-game losing streak, winning a tight 56-54 home contest against Corunna Tuesday night.
It was a tight contest throughout, with both teams enjoying leads. The Bronchos trailed 38-33 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Corunna 23-16 during the final eight minutes, earning the Bronchos the victory.
Ryan Ortiz played a huge role in the strong fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his team-high 13 points during the final eight minutes.
Holly led 14-7 after one quarter but the Cavaliers answered back with a strong defensive quarter, holding the Bronchos to just seven second-quarter points. Meanwhile, Corunna scored 14 points and enjoyed a 26-21 halftime lead. Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter.
Holly’s varsity boys basketball coach Steve Dehart noted strong defensive and rebounding efforts by Dylan Hignite, Alec Lewis, Ben Gramer and Jacob Welch.
After Ortiz’s 13 points, Daniel Mathews netted 11 points while Hunter Jackson scored nine points. Dylan Hignite and Jacob Welch chipped in eight points each while Ben Gramer had five points.
Cole Mieske led all scorers, netting 19 points for the Cavaliers. Carson Socia netted 16 points.
The Bronchos (2-3) return to action with a road game at Flushing Friday.