Holmes pulls a ‘Hoosiers’ – wins city BB title

       In what coach Mike Kreidel called a “classic game of will and heart,” the Holmes Middle School boys basketball team came from behind March 1 to defeat previously unbeaten Jenkins in double-overtime and win the city championship, 60-59. The Holmes Middle School basketball team members hold up
fingers signifying they’re “number one” after winning the
City Classic championship over Jenkins in the title game
March 1 on the Mitchell High School court. Front row,
kneeling (from left): Luke Brown, Drew MacMillan, Tate
Lagasca. Second Row, kneeling (from left): Dan Egger,
Josh Knotek, David Feuerbach, Ben Rather. Third row,
standing (from left): Coach Mike Kreidel, Eric Rayer,
Brandon Tribble, Eric Albers, Clay Campbell, Jason 
Schmidt, Ben Essells, Ethan Strauch. Fourth Row, rear,
standing (from left): EriK Bakken, Justin Ramsey.
Courtesy of Mike Kreidel
       The 15-member squad (10 eighth-graders, 5 seventh-graders) was led by Eric Rayer's 25 points. It was Holmes' first boys basketball City Classic title since 2002.
       For most of the game, the taller Jenkins team dominated, leading initially 10-0 and 45-37 with just 4:40 to play in regulation. “But nobody ever panicked,” said Kreidel, who compared the comeback to the one in the popular basketball movie, “Hoosiers.” “They just knew they couldn't be beaten this day.”
       The Hawks had gone 7-1 in the regular season, losing by 12 points to Jenkins for their only loss. Their playoff game to qualify for the title game had also been close - a two-point triumph over North that came down to the last shot, Kreidel said.
       He lauded his players for their composure, positive attitude, conditioning, coachability and team spirit. “They didn't have any squabbles, and they all helped each other become better players,” he said.
       The game was being televised this month at different times on School District 11's Channel 16.

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