by Coach Russ Weiler
The boys’ basketball team took on the second place Neillsville Warriors on Monday hoping to knock off the Warriors chances for first place. The Warriors pulled away in the second half to secure the victory against the Hawks in a 70-53 final score.
The Blackhawks used solid defense in the first half to grab the lead against the Warriors. Caleb Geldernick started it off with a hoop and harm, giving the Hawks a quick three-point lead. He would later connect on a putback and a backdoor lay-up feed from fellow sophomore Logan Amacher as the Hawks trailed 9-7. Both teams then played hard-nosed defense as the offenses found it difficult to score.
Ellliott Ackerman would find Amacher for two, and later Amacher hit Stinson with a pass for an old fashioned three-point play making it 16-15, Warriors. The Blackhawks then took the lead with baskets from Carter Klabon, Amacher and Geldernick, with some nice fastbreak advances, leading 21-16. A few turnovers later and a Neillsville run hurt the Hawks as Neillsville had a 32-23 halftime lead.
Geldernick and Amacher started the scoring in the second half, but three straight turnovers lead to six quick points for the visitors. The Blackhawks answered with three straight post feeds to Amacher in the middle all assists from Klabon. Another hustle rebound from Stinson got Amacher another hoop as it kept the Blackhawks within ten. An Aaron Ovyn knock down three from Tyler Weaver got the Hawks closer. The Warriors continued attacking on offense keeping their lead, as five straight points from Klabon weren't enough to dig into the deficit. The Warriors controlled the ball at the end and earned the victory.
Box Score: Amacher 15 pts, 11 rebs, 4 asts, Klabon 13 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts, Geldernick 13 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts, Stinson 5 pts, 3 rebs, Ovyn 4 pts, 4 rebs, Gutowski 3 pts, Weaver 5 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, Ackerman 2 asts, Wendler 1 reb. Hanson 2 stls.
We played pretty solid defense throughout the game as Neillsille is a pretty good offensive team. The thing that hurt us the most was our 15 turnovers, not only did we turn it over but Neillsville very quickly turned them into transition points before we had a chance to get five guys back.
We battled the entire night, especially on the boards for 14 extra chance points, and we moved the ball on offense better.
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