Kyle Frei scored 26 points to lead the hot-shooting Holland Hornets (10-8 overall, 6-3 District 27-2A) to a 71-48 win over the Thrall Tigers (9-9, 5-4) Tuesday night. The win moved the Hornets into sole possession of second place in the district standings, two games of district champion Hearne and one game ahead of the Tigers and Thorndale Bulldogs.
Holland opened the game connecting on four 3-point jumpers in the first quarter. James Coats and Klay Pursche each hit a pair of long-range shots as the Hornets took a 17-11 after the first period. Haiden Copeland and Gabe League each hit treys for the Tigers that helped Thrall keep pace with the Hornets.
While Frei was held scoreless in the first quarter, he finally was able to find the range in the second scoring six in the period. He helped the Hornets control the lane throughout the game allowing Holland to outscore the Tigers 44-18 in the paint for the game.
It was the second half where the Hornets hot hand stretched the lead. Frei hit for 10 in the third quarter while Coats added six points and the Hornets outscored the Tigers 20-13 to push their advantage to 49-32. Luke Williams hit a pair of shots for the Tigers in the third, but it was Holland’s continued dominance of the lane that allowed them to stretch the lead.
Holland showed no signs of slowing down in the fourth quarter. Frei hit for another 10 and Pursche added eight as the Hornets outscored the Tigers 22-16. Thrall’s Braeden Howell scored eight of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Hornets, who hit 45 percent from the field for the game and 88 percent from the line, could not be stopped.
The Tigers were in Hearne on Friday for their final regular season game. They have clinched a playoff berth, but the final game for both the Tigers and Thorndale, who played at Milano Friday, will determine the final seedings for the district.