Basketball coaches often have a tough decision to make when their team takes possession of the ball with the game on the line. But when you have a talented scorer on your roster, like Cretin-Derham Hall’s Tre Holloman, the decision becomes much easier.
The Raiders have learned from previous games played this season to let their talented guard take over plays in high-pressure situations. When the Raiders found themselves staring down a 55-55 tie against Woodbury in the waning seconds of the second half Friday night with this year’s Class 4A, Section 4 title on the line, the decision to not call a timeout was simple.
“I looked at my assistant, coach, we both looked at each other and we said, ‘let him go,’” said Cretin-Derham Hall coach Jerry Kline Jr.
Holloman knocked down a game-winning shot as the buzzer sounded, creating space off the dribble before launching a three-pointer for a 58-55 title-clinching victory at Woodbury High School.
The gamer-winning play had started with some quick thinking. Surveying the defense, Holloman realized the perimeter was his only option and his decision paid off.
“They were going to pack the lane, so it had to be a three,” said Holloman, who finished with a game-high 25 points.
A buzzer-beating three-pointer by Tre Holloman lifted Cretin-Derham Hall past Woodbury in a 58-55 triumph for the Class 4A, Section 4 title at Woodbury High School on Friday night.
The top-seeded Royals never led in the matchup, but Devin Padelford made a free throw to tie the game at 55-55 with less than 10 seconds on the game clock. That’s when Holloman got a chance to create some space off the dribble for Cretin-Derham Hall (16-5) before pulling up for the game-winning shot.
Holloman, a junior, led all scorers in the game with 25 points. The second-seeded Raiders’ next highest scorer was Jack Tauer, who had nine points.
Bradley Cimperman was the top offensive player for the Royals (17-4) with 21 points, while Padelford also finished with 16 points.
With their victory, the Raiders go into the Class 4A state tournament having won 12 of their last 13 games.
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