by Coach Russ Weiler
The Blackhawks came out early Friday night versus New Auburn with some hard trapping defense and solid interior defense, along with a strong scoring run to put some distance between them and the visitors from the Lakeland Conference winning by a 68-49 final score.
On their first offensive possession, the Hawks set the tone as they corralled a couple of offensive rebounds to reload and then Caleb Geldernick skipped a pass to Tyler Weaver who knocked down a three to start the night off. After two empty possessions, the Hawks went on a 13-2 run with an Ovyn three ball starting it off. Carter Klabon scored a hoop from a Weaver pass and then Logan Amacher scored five straight points. To finish the run Ovyn hit another three from Weaver making it 16-4. Later a Geldernick fastbreak and three-point play would extend the lead.
The Hawks then went scoreless on a few possessions, but their defense stayed true. A Roy Stinson to Rob Wendler score got the lead back to 21-10. Geldernick, Ovyn, and Klabon would all score to keep increasing the lead as the Blackhawks continued to find more shots off the boards. Stinson would knock down his own jumper off an Amacher pass and Ovyn would score three points late in the half to help the Hawks to a 41-19 halftime advantage.
The Blackhawks could get anything to go down early in the second half, but finally an Amacher inside hoop from Stinson got the Hawks back in the scoring column. Weaver later would score on an offensive putback to keep the lead at twenty. With about six minutes left in the ball game Amacher scored six straight points with Roy Stinson assisting on two of the hoops and putting the game out of reach. The Blackhawks would finish the game with free throws and ball control. The Blackhawks out rebounded their opponent 48-30 and finished with 19 assists on 25 baskets.
Box Score: Amacher 22 pts, 17 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, Ovyn 13 pts, 6 rebs, Klabon 11 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, Stinson 7 pts, 6 rebs, 5 asts, Geldernick 5 pts, 3 rebs, Weaver 5 pts, 7 rebs, 7 asts, Wendler 5 pts, 3 rebs, Ackerman 2 rebs.
The guys again come ready from the start and really set the tone early with our inside defense, taking away one of New Auburn's strengths. We kept the pressure on them the entire night, jumping passing lanes and attacking the rim off steals.
We are an unselfish team, continually moving the ball. To have 19 assists on 25 made baskets is really unheard of, but the guys hit the open man. As always rebounding was our strength, getting second opportunities.
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