by Coach Russ Weiler
The Owen-Withee Blackhawks boys' basketball team led from start to finish in a non-conference affair versus the Hornets from Alma Center with a 71-32 victory before the Christmas break.
The Blackhawks started off the game scoring on eight of their first nine possessions while building a 19-4 advantage. Logan Amacher scored eight points during that stretch as Roy Stinson knocked in a three and Caleb Geldernick earned five points of his own attacking the rim. The Blackhawks defense continually harassed the visitors and the Blackhawks also worked for points on the offensive boards. Geldernick rebounded a missed free throw for two more points followed by a nice post pass from Rob Wendler to Amacher. Elliot Ackerman then converted a steal for a lay-up, increasing the lead to 28-7. Later, Tyler Weaver hit a pair of jumpers off passes from Stinson and Ackerman to add to the lead as they went to halftime with a 38-15 advantage.
Carter Klabon and Stinson got the Hawks on the board early in the second half with nice jumpers of their own. Amacher would continue to score inside for the Hawks and also fought for an offensive rebound and fed Stinson for a nifty hoop. A Geldernick drive to the rim put the score at 50-18 and was followed later by an Ackerman three off a Geldernick pass. Elliot returned the favor on a lob out of bounds play to Geldernick for two. Senior Gage Hanson joined in with a hard drive down the right side for two. The scoring would finish off in the second half with a three from Weaver and Alex Gutowski, followed by a Ryan Nelson jumper.
The Blackhawks out rebounded the Hornets 39-25 and finished with 19 steals and 19 assists on the night.
Box Score: Amacher 22 pts, 9 rebs, 2 stls, 4 blks, Geldernick 12 pts, 9 rebs, 3 asts, 3 stls, 2 blks, Stinson 11 pts, 4 rebs, 6 asts, 2 stls, Weaver 9 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, Ackerman 7 pts, 2 asts, 4 stls, Klabon 3 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, Gutowski 3 pts, 1 asts, Hanson 2 pts, 2 rebs, 1 stl, Nelson 2 pts, 1 reb., Hatlestad 1 ast., Henke 3 rebs, 1 stl, Wendler 2 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls.
Coach's comments: We did a nice job of moving the ball and recognizing mismatches, especially inside. We worked well on spacing the floor and then attacking the gaps as well as the offensive boards. We had a lot of tipped passes on defense, which means that the guys really had active hands on our trap. Balanced scoring once again, as we are starting to shoot the ball a little better from the outside.
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