By Russ Weiler
O-W Varsity Boys Head Coach
The Owen-Withee Blackhawks played the first place Warriors on Jan. 18 and lost a close game by a 59-55 final score. The Hawks cameout hitting on all cylinders attacking the rim and playing some solid defenseversus the Warriors. Balanced scoring was the key, as the Hawks built an earlysix point lead with an early Caleb Geldernick three and consistent scoringinside from Logan Amacher. Senior Tyler Weaver would help in the scoring column with a three of his own, answering a Neillsville three. An inside hoop by RobWendler and a pull up jumper by Elliot Ackerman would keep the Blackhawk lead.Geldernick would score eleven in the half with Amacher adding nine and Weaverseven as the Blackhawks held a 33-27 advantage at the half.
The game would continue with both teams going at each other as Neillsville would connect on a pair of threes after the Hawks extended theirlead. Weaver would knock in another three to help keep the lead at two, with Amacher adding a pair of hoops. Geldernick continued to attack the rim with his drives, scoring eight inthe half. With the score tied under a minute, the Warriors capitalized and scored,as the Hawks weren’t able to match it and were forced to foul. The Warriors won 59-55.
Geldernick 19 pts, Amacher 13 pts, Weaver 10 pts, Klabon 5pts, Ackerman 4 pts, Stinson 2 pts, Wendler 2 pts.
We played well throughout the game and had many chances to extend the lead. I thought that we defended well at the end and they hit a pair of tough shots. Our kids are playing some solid ball and getting more consistent.
On a night of many exciting plays, the Blackhawks weren’t able to match the Colby Hornets offensive output in the second half as a dryspell for the Hawks proved costly with the Hornets winning by an 82-63 final score.
The Blackhawks came out with the energy and determination needed to take on the Hornets, as they got the Hornets in some early foul trouble by attacking the rim and going inside. The Blackhawks shot 21 free throws in the first half continually going inside on drives and to Logan Amacher. Amacher helped the Hawks’ offense with 10 first half points with Caleb Geldernick adding 12, along withthrees from Carter Klabon and Tyler Weaver. The Blackhawks built a slim 36-33 halftime lead.
The second half continued to be close as the teams traded leads for the first eight minutes. The Hornets then when on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to ten points. The short dry spell would hurt the Blackhawks as their opportunities at the foul line disappeared. They continued to battle,but Colby continued to answer. Amacher would score 14 points inside for theHawks in the half, but the Hawks were outscored 49-27 in the second half asColby earned the 82-63 victory.
Amacher 24 pts, Geldernick 16 pts, Klabon 8 pts, Weaver 6pts, Wendler 6 pts, Hanson 4 pts.
We played pretty well for three-fourths of the game, I give Colby credit as they were able to score at all three levels in the second half which made them difficult to defend. I like the way our guys handled their pressure for most of the game and that we were patient for the most part onoffense. We stayed aggressive which was the key. The hard work will pay off.
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