Holly varsity boys basketball coach Steve DeHart has been looking for a full 32-minute effort from his squad the entire season.
He got his wish on Friday night at Kearsley High School.
The Bronchos jumped to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and continued to dominate the rest of the contest, earning an impressive 75-37 road win against the Hornets.
“We finally played a complete game,” DeHart said. “We had a good game plan coming in, but it doesn’t matter what the Xs and Os are, it’s up to the Jimmys and Joes. The kids have to play. That’s probably the hardest the kids have played on a consistent level all year long.
“They just executed. We had only eight turnovers all game,” DeHart said. “Mason Clark was making deep threes ... and Tony Simmons was making breakaway dunks. We just executed well tonight.”
Clark had an outstanding first quarter, netting a 14 first-quarter points. Of those points, 12 came from three-point land. Those buckets set up the 23-point stanza.
In the second quarter, Simmons had six points and Ka’Vion Smith and Andrew Lewis had four points each. That helped the Bronchos take a 40-16 halftime lead.
Smith hit two treys and Dylan Chereson and Clark hit a trey each on the third quarter, upping the lead to 56-25 lead. Finally, Braylon Liddle scored seven points in the Bronchos’ 19-point fourth quarter. Holly scored at least 16 points in every quarter while the defense held Kearsley to single-digits in three of the four quarters.
“The kids played hard. Defensively, they played really well,” DeHart said.
Clark led the Bronchos with 19 points while Simmons had 12 points and Smith netted 10 points. Chereson and Liddle netted seven points each while Lewis chipped in sixth points.
Holly’s 75 points the Bronchos have scored since netting 86 in an 86-77 victory at Swartz Creek on Feb. 28, 2020. Holly (4-1 in the Stripes Division and 8-3 overall) holds control of its own destiny in the Flint Metro League Stripes Division race.
The Bronchos host Royal Oak on Tuesday for a non-league contest. They host Swartz Creek on Friday.