Holly basketball

 The Flint Metro League boys basketball race has already had its share of close contests this winter.

 And no team has been in more of those close games than the Holly Bronchos.

 Holly opened the season with a 40-38 loss to Flushing, beat Owosso 40-35 and then lost to Swartz Creek 62-55. On Tuesday, the Bronchos made it four straight close games, defeating Kearsley 56-52 at Kearsley High School.

 Holly was pretty consistent on offense, and that’s probably why the Bronchos won the game, scoring the most points they have in a Metro game contest this season.

They also scored at least 12 points in every quarter. Meanwhile, the Hornets’ offense was pretty cold at the start, but heated up as the game continued.

 Holly led 12-8 after one quarter and 24-18 at halftime. A 16-point third quarter, helped the Bronchos raise their lead to 40-32 entering the fourth quarter, but that’s when Clio put together a 20-point stanza. Fortunately for Holly’s sake, the Bronchos scored 16 fourth-quarter points, enabling them to earn the win.

 “(We) had consistency on offense as well as a tougher mentality on the defensive side of the ball,” Holly varsity boys basketball coach Joe Merlo said.

 Ben Gramer led the Bronchos with 15 points while Gavin Ambrose chipped in 10 points. Dylan Hignite and Daniel Mathews had  eight points each.

 After starting the season with three straight losses, the Bronchos have now won two of their last three games and are 2-2 in the Metro and 2-4 overall. Holly returns to action January 4 when the Bronchos travel to Fenton for a key rivalry game at about 7 p.m.

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