The Holy Family Catholic Fire played like their team name Tuesday night as Joe Hanel scored 19 points en route to a 63-38 win over the Holy Angels Stars in Richfield.
It took a little while to break the scoreless deadlock since both teams were shooting like the frigid wind chills around Minnesota since late last week. Taylor BonGiovanni began the scoring for the Stars 3:07 into the game and Brent Hentges countered for the Fire. Holy Family went into the lead on Hanel's three pointer went on a 9-0 run before Joey Poehling, Holy Angels 6'8" center hit a three. But the Fire, ranked second in Class AAA and could be number one this week due to DeLaSalle's defeat last Saturday against the defending Class AAAA champion Apple Valley Eagles. would extend the lead to 15 on four straight points from 6'11" center Justin Dahl. They led at halftime 32-15.
Holy Family would increase their lead to start the second half as Hanel and Joe Conroy, who made his first start of the season scored the first four points. They also used solid defense and front line play to keep Holy Angels from getting the margin below 20. There was a bright spot for the Stars when BonGiovanni hit a three point play. BonGiovanni would also hit a three pointer but they still weren't able to mount a massive comeback against the Fire's tall and talented front line. Holy Family would outscore Holy Angels in one second half stretch 20-5 and with the game game pretty much decided, head coach Matt Thuli went to his bench and brought in the reserves. Duncan Faris was one of the reserves who made the most of his playing time, scoring five points.
The only other player in double figures for the Fire was Colton Stenerson, who had 13 points. BonGiovanni was the only player in double figures for the Stars, scoring 14.
Holy Family increased their record to 4-0 and will host the Blake Bears Thursday, December 12 at 7 PM. Holy Angels lost their fourth straight game and fell to 1-4. They have not won a game since they beat Mound-Westonka on November 21. The Stars return to action Saturday, December 14 against the Hayfield Vikings in the Breakdown Sports Tip Off Classic at Minnetonka High School. If you plan on attending the game, set your alarm clock. Game time is 9:30 AM.