HOLLAND — Following a big win Tuesday, the Holland boys basketball team suffered a setback with a 59-47 loss to Byron Center Friday night.
The Dutch took down Zeeland West Tuesday but struggled to get into gear against the Bulldogs Friday. Byron Center led by double digits for much of the game, save for a brief run by Holland in the second half that got things within three points.
Coach Corey Wolters said his team didn’t bring the kind of play they needed to win on Friday night.
“We didn’t have the effort on offense or defense tonight,” he said. “That’s on me for not having the guys ready to go. Just really disappointed in our lack of execution on offense and defense tonight.”
The Dutch fell behind in the first quarter 14-11, then briefly tied the game at 14-14 to open the second. The Bulldogs went on a big run from there, pushing the lead to 14 before heading to the locker room up 30-18 at the half.
It was an uphill battle offensively in the first half, and that manifested in the second quarter. Senior Ben Leeka echoed Wolters’ comments on execution.
“Our team, we didn’t come out and compete as much as we did Tuesday,” Leeka said. “All-around, we weren’t cutting as hard, we weren’t doing everything as a team as much as we were.”
The Bulldogs kept the pressure on, and went up 37-22 midway through the third. From there, the Dutch briefly found a spark, going on a 9-2 run to end the quarter down 40-31.
Anders Rasmussen opened the quarter with a four-point play, Holland’s second of the game, then DeQuez Williams hit a layup to make it 40-37 with 7:30 left.
Then the offense went ice cold. Rasmussen hit a 3-pointer 5:20 later, and in the interim, Byron Center rattled off 12 straight points to go back up 15. It wouldn’t get under double digits again.
“We had two straight turnovers, and then five out of our next six possessions, we had a turnover,” Wolters said. “When you’re coming back like that, you’ve got to take care of the basketball and share it and get good shots, and we didn’t do that.”
Byron Center’s Matthew Richards had a game-high 22 points, as the Dutch struggled to cover the Bulldog big man. That opened up shots from the outside, and Byron Center took advantage with 3-pointers.
Williams led Holland with 12, Rasmussen had 11, and Leeka and Brendan McManus each had nine points.
The loss drops Holland to 7-10 and 4-7 in the OK Green. The Dutch will look to rebound in a big rivalry game Tuesday against Holland Christian.