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Golden Tigers work on depth in easy victory over JV

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Friday night’s opening-round match up in the Golden Tiger Roundball for the Hollidaysburg boys’ basketball team wasn’t just about trying to maintain an undefeated record.

It was also to see where they could use players in additional situations.

“We looked at getting some different lineups in there, and trying to get some kids to play with each other because our rotation has been different because we’ve been seeing a lot of man-to-man, full court,” coach Brad Lear said. “Our rotation has been a lot shorter.”

The Golden Tigers made the most of the opportunity as they ended up winning in a route over Juniata Valley, 69-22, at the Hollidaysburg Area High School Gymnasium.

Hollidaysburg put the clamps down on this game rather early as they went on a 15-0 on run, powered by eight of Jake Holsopple’s game-high 17 points. That gave the Golden Tigers a 23-6 lead after one.

The Green Hornets are going to have to battle some depth issues this season, but coach T.J. Anderson isn’t going to let the wins and losses be the final judge on the season.

“We just want to be competitive with this group,” he said. “This is mostly a first year playing basketball (team). It’s going to take time for us to develop players.

“If we can come out and be competitive, that’s all I’m looking for. It becomes a mental thing when the score becomes lopsided.”

Hollidaysburg will now turn its attention to Susquehannock this afternoon as they take on the Warriors and former Golden Tiger Andy Shelow in the tournament championship at 2:30 p.m.

The Warriors defeated Ligonier Valley — who will be heading to the WPIAL in all sports next year — 75-69. Jake Eden led their efforts with 27 points and he’s just one piece that has caught the attention of Lear.

“The teams that they play, a lot of those teams like to get down the floor,” he said. “That’s what they like to do with Jalen Franklin. He likes to get out and push the ball, and we’re going to have to have to stop their transition, and keep him out of the driving lanes, and get out on (Jake Eden). If we can do that, we can be pretty successful.”

Juniata Valley, meanwhile, will look to get into win column against the Rams this afternoon in the consolation game at 1 p.m.

JUNIATA VALLEY (22): Beck 2 0-0 4, Johnson 3 4-4 11, Thatcher 0 0-0 0, Edwards 0 1-2 1, Soder 0 1-2 1, Foster 1 0-0 2, Sodmont 1 0-0 3. Totals: 7 6-8 22.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (69): Delerme 2 0-0 5, Holsopple 8 1-2 17, McGinnis 4 0-0 10, Stevenson 0 1-2 1, M. Kratzer 3 2-2 8, Yeager 2 0-0 4, Grassi 1 0-0 3, Gildea 4 0-0 11, G. Kratzer 1 0-0 2, Dean 2 0-0 6, Imhoff 0 0-0 0, Wedel 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 4-6 69.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Juniata Valley 6 5 4 7 — 22

Hollidaysburg 23 21 12 13 — 69

3 point field goals: Juniata Valley 2 (Johnson, Sodmont); Hollidaysburg 11 (Delerme, Holsopple 2, McGinnis 2, Grassi, Gildea 3, Dean 2)

Records: Juniata Valley (0-5); Hollidaysburg (4-0)

Referees: Kyle Wright, Jorden Forester, Ryan Ehrie.

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