The Blackhawks and Hornets played a back and forth game that came down to only a few possessions as the Hornets outlasted the Hawks by a 75-74 final score.
Colby came out of the gate hitting from far range, making five three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game and grabbing an early ten point lead over the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks' defense made a few adjustments and continued attacking the basket on their end to close the gap. Aaron Ovyn hit a pair of threes on his own as six Owen-Withee players found the scoring column in the first half. Foul trouble plagued the Hawks in the first half but the bench played well. The Hawks and Hornets were tied at the half, 37-37, as Carter Klabon scored nine and Ovyn hit for fourteen points.
The game continued to go back and forth in the second half and both teams would continually trade leads, with neither team able to pull away. The Blackhawks continued to go inside for scores and by attacking the Colby pressure. Logan Amacher scored ten second half points after being hit with foul trouble in the first half. Ovyn continued to hit for the Hawks adding another fourteen points. The Blackhawks had a few good looks towards the end of the game but were able to convert, as they lost 75-74.
Box Score: Ovyn 28, Klabon 13, Amacher 10, Stinson 8, Weaver 6, Geldernick 5, Ackerman 2, Wendler 2.
Coach's Comments: Foul trouble hurt us early, but other players stepped up and filled in well. We had some defensive break downs that we have to correct in the future. The guys stayed aggressive all night and took it to the rim. We executed our plays down the stretch to get the shots we wanted, but they just didn't fall.
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