Blackhawks boys end season

Blackhawks boys end season

3 min.
March 10, 2022

Blackhawks win opening tournament game

By Russ Weiler

OW Boys Varsity Head Coach

OWEN-WITHEE – The No. 10 seeded Owen-Withee Blackhawks traveled to No. 7 New Auburn on March 1, to open the WIAA tournament in a first round game.  The Blackhawks were able to play solid defense throughout the second half to walk away with an impressive 52-44 victory.

The Blackhawks opened with a few steals in their half court trap and Roy Stinson knocked down two hoops, one from long range to give the Hawks an early lead.  A couple of inside hoops from Logan Amacher helped keep the six point lead.  Rob Wendler and Carter Klabon each hit a pair of free throws and Tyler Weaver attacked the basket with his drive and from the high post, as the Blackhawks lead 34-29.

The Blackhawks’ defense got even tougher the second half as they would limit New Auburn to only fifteen second half points.  The Blackhawks got twelve points from Amacher in the second half, mainly on the inside. Klabon also knocked in a big three at a key moment in the second half,as the Blackhawks took care of the ball late to put the game away, winning52-44.

Box Score

Amacher 21 pts; Stinson 10; Klabon 8; Weaver 6; Wendler 2;Ackerman 2; Henke 2; G. Hanson 1

Coach’s Comments

I like the way we responded in the second half on defense asit seemed that the guys were nervous in the first half and just a step late.  We were patient on the offensive end and had guys step up and hit key shots for us throughout the game.

Blackhawks lose at Turtle Lake

Gage Hanson works around the defense at Turtle Lake. Sara Blume photo

The Blackhawks season ended at Turtle Lake on March 4, with a 55-48 loss to the No. 2 seed.

The Hawks came out hot, scoring the first eight points of the game as Tyler Weaver and Roy Stinson both knocked in threes for the Hawks.The Lakers would answer with a hot streak of their own, as the teams traded baskets in the first half, many of which were threes.  Each team would make five threes in the first half as inside scoring was limited by both teams’ defenses.  Logan Amacher scored on a pair of inside hoops, and Vince Henke on a solid post move. The Hawks trailed 28-26 at thehalf.

Points were tough to come by in the second half as the teams played back and forth.  Roy Stinson connected from deep, scoring five early points for the Blackhawks and Rob Wendler scored on a pair of post moves, as the team were tied at 37.  Then the offense went dry for the Blackhawks as they weren’t able to score for five minutes as the Lakers out scored them 9-0.  The Hawks kept battling as a pair of threes from Stinson helped and a driving lay-up from Weaver.  In the end, the Lakers held off the Hawks forthe 55-48 win to advance.

Box Score

Stinson 19 pts; Weaver 8; Klabon 8; Wendler 7; Amacher 4;Henke 2

Coach’s Comments

I am proud of the effort each and every player gave tonight,we always play hard.  We had chances, but credit Turtle Lake for their effort also. The guys are a close knit team and I am proud of their dedication forthe season and their commitment.  Thanks to the seniors for all of their dedication for so many years, Tyler Weaver,Gage Hanson, Roy Stinson, and Rob Wendler.

Thanks to all the players, managers, my two assistant coaches, parents, and fans. Sara Blume and others for taking all the pictures along with Mr. Gutsch for his live stream work. We had a lot of exciting moments this season and the fans weresupportive.  Thanks to the area businesses, color guard, administration, O-W Booster Club, and our AD Ms. Kadolph for all the extra season long communication.  Special thanks to the O-W Student sectionthat came back this season, after COVID, and was a true presence at the games adding atmosphere and excitement, along with a thanks to the O-W Girls basketball team for their support of the boys.

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