By Russ Weiler
O-W Varsity Boys Head Coach
OWEN-WITHEE – The Blackhawks’ Varsity Basketball team persevered through a tough week of illness and injuries to capture an important victory on the road in Spencer by a final score of 62-51, in a game that wasn’t decided until the last two minutes.
Senior Tyler Weaver showed leadership early as he came out and scored eleven of the Blackhawks first 12 points, connecting on three three-pointers and a rebound basket to give the Hawks a well needed jump on the Rockets going up 12-3.
The Rockets would answer, however, with a few hoops of their own, but Vincent Henke would find Rob Wendler open underneath for two; and then, on the next possession, Henke would fight for an offensive rebound and score to push the lead to 16-11.
The teams continued to battle, with Spencer gaining confidence, a Carter Klabon cross court feed to Henke kept the Hawks with the lead. Unfortunately, the Rockets would go on an 8-0 run, taking the lead at21-18.
The Hawks had an answer with four-straight points from Logan Amacher, two off a lob from Henke and two from the free throw line. Gage Hanson then earned a pair of free throw that he converted followed by a Klabon jumper. Weaver would make a pair of free throws to finish the scoring in the half as the Hawks held a slim 28-26 halftime lead.
In the second half, both teams would put together runs and share the lead. An early Amacher put back. followed by a Klabon to Amacher inside connection. made it 32-31. Klabon then scored four-straight points to keep the score 36-36, but Spencer would fight back and go up by two.
During the next two possessions the Hawks got some second chance points with Vince Henke grabbing an offensive rebound for the put back;and on the next possession, Klabon did the same, giving the Hawks a 41-39lead. However, Spencer would tie it at41 each, but the Hawks would then go on an 8-0 run. Weaver hit a pair of free throws, Klabon an old fashioned three point play, and Gage Hanson with a three point play of his own.
With the Hawks up 49-41, Spencer rallied back with five-straight points, but the Hawks answered with a Henke-to-Amacher connection off the press break. Henke would later find Weaver underneath for a hoop and the harm, putting the Hawks ahead 54-48. From then, the Hawks finished the game on the free throw line along with some solid defense, winning 62-51.
The Hawks out-rebounded the Rockets 39-28, only committed 11turnovers, and made 19 of 31 free throws.
Weaver: 22 pts, 7 rebs, Klabon 14 pts, 10 rebs, 3 asts, 3stls; Amacher: 10 pts, 8 rebs, 2 asts, 3 blks; Henke: 8 pts, 6 rebs, 4 asts;Hanson: 5 pts, 2 rebs, 3 stls; Wendler: 3 pts, 3 rebs;, Ackerman: 3 rebs, 1 stl
The guys showed a lot of guts and determination in playing and getting the win, as most of the boys were playing off very little or no practice during the week and are just starting to get healthy. Each player took a turn throughout the night making plays at both ends. I liked how we were patient at the end of the game and waited for the shot that we wanted. Our determination on the boards and getting inside hoops was the key. Wehad many baskets plus one, as we were able to finish off contact.
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