Threatened with losing their first game of the season, Holt leaned on their seniors to win once again on Friday.
Don’Quall Jackson and Tyrell Williams each had five points in the second overtime and Colin Jones added 24 points for the game as the Rams beat Hudsonville 79-70 at the Holiday Hoops Invitational.
“After the first OT we were really excited. We were hyped. We just wanted to win the game,” Jackson said after leading Holt with 26 points. “I definitely think me, Tyrell and Colin step up and that gets other guys involved and we just try to play hard and that’s for all the seniors. We all try to play hard.”
“Those guys like big moments and last year we had a lot of big moments and guys have returned and are used to those moments,” Holt coach Matt Essell said. “That pays off.”
The Rams looked sloppy in the first half with turnovers followed by timeouts to get things settled.
Hudsonville was able to take a 29-24 lead at halftime and led by as many as nine in the third quarter, but Holt never really went away. The Rams took a 47-46 lead with five minutes left in regulation on a basket by Trent Stone.
Stone gave Holt the lead once again at 53-52 and then Jones made a nice pass underneath to Devinn LoVette to put the Rams up by three.
Hudsonville junior Brent Hibbitts, who had 15 points in the game, hit a long three-pointer to tie it at 55 before Holt took a 57-55 lead on two different trips to the free-throw line.
The Eagles’ Mason Opple, who led Hudsonville with 18 points, provided the score that eventually sent the game to an extra session.
The two sides scored just five points each in the first OT. Hibbitts made a basket to give Hudsonville a one-point lead, but a Don’Quall Jackson free-throw provided the tying point.
A three-pointer by Williams broke a 62-62 tie to start the second overtime and Holt outscored the Eagles 17-8 in the final overtime period.
“Kind of the same first half we always play. We struggle to get good shots, at halftime we fix it and the guys realize they’ve dug themselves a hole and they play their butts off and they get out of it,” Essell said.
Jones did not play in Holt’s previous game against Everett and was a presence on the low block against Hudsonville. Usually, Jones is a threat both outside and inside, but he was close to unstoppable in the post on Friday with 10 field goals made and 10 rebounds.
“It’s always about finding that balance with him because he is such a good shooter, but if he floats too much you’re missing him, especially tonight where they didn’t have a real big interior,” Essell said of Jones. “He was a force.”
“We needed him tonight and he stepped up and played big,” Jackson said.