WESTPORT — Senior Henry Holzinger picked the biggest night of the season to put on quite the show.
The GFA guard broke Hunter Eggers and Pat Ryan’s single-game school record with nine three-pointers en route to a game-high 31 points and a Dragons win over Redemption Christian Academy 92-71.
“I learned it on the bench after I hit the last one,” Holzinger said. “It was pretty exciting. It was crazy. A good game and it was a really fun win.”
The Dragons stormed out of the gates to take a commanding lead early in the first half before holding a 19 point halftime lead.
Along with Holzinger’s historical night, junior big man Greg Lawrence dominated the middle of the paint early. Lawrence — who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds — would provide a huge lift for the Dragons as the second half began.
Redemption Christian Academy slowly chipped away at the GFA lead until it was down to seven with under eight minutes to play.
“We were kind of messing around a little bit,” GFA coach Doug Scott said. “Trying to get Henry his threes, so we were getting a little raggy trying to do that. Then it was time to get focused.”
Yassan Nunez — who finished with a team-high 27 points for Redemption — was the catalyst for the comeback, but it would prove to be just a bit too much.
After cutting the lead to seven, Lawrence hit his lone three-pointer of the game to push the lead back to double-digits and Redemption was unable to get any closer.
“It’s just all about heart and effort,” Redemption Christian Academy coach Randy Millard said. “It’s just guys understanding that there is a will to win and just playing hard at all times.”
Redemption came out flat and the effort was the main reason for the lackluster start, Millard said.
But with sharp shooting from Holzinger from behind the arc, Redemption was hard pressed get a road win on Friday night.
Once the focus came back off of the offensive side of the ball, the Dragons were able to hold serve against Redemption, Holzinger said.
“It was more defensive intensity,” he said. “We were kind of lacking right there. We were trying to focus more on the offensive side and coach always preaches defense. So once we got back down to that, you saw the lead go back up.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Holzinger. It’s not everyday that a school record is broken and the senior had it going on Friday night. Finishing with game-high 31 points and the nine from behind the arc for the record.
DRAGONS RUN DEEP
GFA coach Doug Scott was able to go deep into his bench — getting minutes for all 13 players.
“I was feeling good today, but it was my teammates getting me open looks. The plays coach was drawing up was really good at setting me up and giving me open looks, that really gave me the confidence to just let it fly.” — Greens Farms Academy senior Henry Holzinger on breaking the single-game school record with nine three-pointers.
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GREENS FARMS ACADEMY 92, REDEMPTION 71
REDEMPTION 33 38—71
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY 52 40—92
REDEMPTION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (7-4)
Ramses Tanken 0 0-2 0 Yassan Nunez 8 10-10 27 Kevin Anyawmuik 3 2-2 9 Jacques Njeanwobe 0 3-4 3 Michael Pinales 3 1-2 7 Caius Calder 2 2-2 6 Michael Matias 8 0-0 19 Totals: 24 18-22 71.
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY (10-7)
Cole Prowitt-Smith 7 2-2 17 Greg Lawrence 8 2-5 19 Henry Holzinger 11 0-0 31 Bennett Close 1 0-0 3 Teddy Brown 1 0-0 2 Max Mitchell 1 0-0 2 David Basich 5 0-0 12 Jack Seegers 1 0-0 2 TJ Holloway 0 0-1 0 Jackson Boobol 0 0-0 0 Kobi Agard 1 0-0 2 Jack Ramsay 1 0-0 2 Brady Reynolds 0 0-2 0 Totals: 37 4-11 92.
3-pointers: RCA—Matias 3, Anyawmuik, Nunez; GFA—Holzinger 9, Prowitt-Smith, Close, Basich 2, Lawrence.
Technical Foul: GFA
Highlights: RCA— Calder had six rebounds. GFA— Basich had five rebounds, one steal, and one assist.