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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bronchos get revenge on Senior Night

HOLLY — Led by Blake “Jeremy Lin” Ordiway, the Holly Bronchos avenged an earlier blowout loss to Swartz Creek with an easy win Friday night at the horseshoe, 59-39.

On senior night, Holly coach Lance Baylis looked like a genius starting seldom used senior Blake Ordiway, who scored Holly’s first seven points helping the Bronchos to get off and running.

“I don’t know what happened. I just played my hardest,” said Ordiway, who was credited on the pregame senior introductions having said one of his proudest moments “was barely making varsity as a senior.”

“I kinda’ got lucky,” said Oridway. He hit two three pointers, was four for four at the free throw line and led Holly with 12 points. We all hope to be that lucky.

This really was a tale of two cities. The Dragons ran the Bronchos out of the Swartz Creek gym a month ago, 68-50. On Friday, Holly used a stifling defense to hold the visitors to four points in the first quarter and only 11 in the first half.

Creek coach Jeremy Trent acknowledged that the Dragons were a little out of sync. Trent gave Holly credit though and said, “A lot of that had to do with (Holly’s) defense.”

Holly’s Michael Alexander came off the bench and had a big game as well. The 6-foot four junior dropped in 10 points but probably caused even more damage to the Creek effort with some hustling defense. Alexander had five steals and was a major factor when Holly took control in the first half.

“Blake (Ordiway) really got us going and we just kinda took it from there,” said Alexander.

Holly senior Jared Plawski again rebounded extremely well from his point guard position. The 6-2 Broncho led Holly with seven boards.

“At home we gotta’ protect our house,” said Plawski, in responding to the wildly different results during the two contests between these Flint Metro League rivals.

Down by 14 at the break, Swartz Creek came out and scored the first six points of the second half, three by J. D. Tisdale on a bucket and a free throw and a 3-pointer by Max Cummings. Holly held Tisdale to no points in the first half and only six all night. They held Cumming to four at the half before the talented 6-2 junior began to find the mark after the game was out of hand.

After that quick second half start by the Dragons, Holly rebounded to go up 47-24 and remove any drama on this cold and snowy February league finale.

Holly senior Hopkin had 11 points. Commenting on being blown out by the Dragons in the second half of the teams’ first meeting, Hopkin said,

“We just had to put the dagger in.”

Holly finishes the league season at 12-4 and is assured of at least a final second place finish behind Fenton. They close with two non-league games next week, Tuesday at Fowlerville and Thursday hosting Flushing. They are 13-5 in all games.

The Dragons fell out of second place tie with Holly and Flint Kearsley and end the league season at 11-5.

Last Updated: 2/24/2012 11:53:20 PM EST

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