All it took was a quick run to give the Holland Christian boys basketball team an early edge against rival Holland.
Then the Maroons used their length to keep the Dutch at an arm’s length — or more — the rest of the game earning a 67-37 win on Tuesday at the Dutch Dome.
Gabe Overway and Vince Overway took control of the game inside and kept that going the entire game.
For Gabe, especially, it was a huge performance. He finally is back 100 percent after missing several games with ankle injury. He scored a game-high 19 points.
“Gabe was pretty good last Friday, but this was by far his best game. He was engaged on both ends, and the guys did a great job finding him,” Holland Christian coach David Kool said. “He is such a presence down there. He scores, but the biggest thing he brings is defensively. He clogs up the middle, blocks shots, contests shots, gets rebounds. His presence in there is huge for us.”
Holland Christian (15-4, 8-3 OK Green) opened the game on an 11-0 run and led 15-2 before the Dutch hit a few baskets.
Vince Overway and Gabe Overway combined to power the Maroons on a 12-0 run to push the lead to 30-10.
“It feels really good being back,” Gabe said. “Teammates just got me the ball in the right spots. I rely on that. Defensively, we were aggressive and using our length — keeping them outside.”
The Maroons led 32-10 at halftime.
“The first half, we shared the ball extremely well. We had 12 baskets and had 12 assists,” Kool said. “If we do that, we are pretty good. That was the difference.”
Holland’s DeQuez Williams and Anders Rasmussen each hit a 3 to open the second half, but Gabe Overway converted a three-point play pushing the Maroons’ lead to 39-19.
The Maroons led 53-24 after three quarters.
Williams hit a 3 and scored on a quick inbound pass, but Jaxon Halbert hit two 3s in a row and the Maroons led 59-30.
Gabe Overway had 19 points to lead the Maroons. Vince Overway had 11 and Ethan Alderink had eight.
Williams scored 15 for the Dutch (7-11, 4-8 OK Green). Maison Haggar and Rasmussen had six. Logan DeWitt had seven and Halbert had six.
“They are extremely long, and their size was very effective against us,” Holland coach Corey Wolters said. “It was tough for us. They pounded it inside and we missed some assignments. We have to continue to work and be more competitive.”