by Coach Russ Weiler
The Blackhawks took the court Tuesday night to start the WIAA tournament, as they were the #2 seed in their Regional taking on #7 seeded Cornell. The Blackhawks used consistent offense and aggressive defense to get the 67-31 victory.
The Hawks got started with a pair of Caleb Geldernick free throws, and then scored three straight times to take a 7-0 lead. Logan Amacher then scored on a fastbreak layup off a steal followed by an Amacher putback and a three point play by Junior Tyler Weaver to increase the lead to 14-0. Weaver later hit teammate Rob Wendler with a post pass to increase the lead. The Blackhawks continued trapping and kept the pressure on the visitors. Wendler zipped a pass to Amacher for another fastbreak making it 20-2. The Hawks stayed in control as later Amacher found fellow sophomore Carter Klabon on a post entry pass for two. To end the half and out of bounds lob pass from Klabon to Amacher put the Blackhawks up 36-12 at the half.
The second half started with a pair of hoops each from Amacher and Roy Stinson, with Aaron Ovyn's assist to Stinson on a nice cut. Stinson would return the favor as he assisted to Geldernick on a backdoor cut for two. An Elliot Ackerman post feed to Weaver kept the offense going as Ovyn and Weaver each scored four points in a six possession time frame. Ackerman kept the passes going hitting Wendler on a fastbreak for another basket. Ackerman finished the scoring on the night with a perfect jumper as the Hawks won 67-31.
The Blackhawks out rebounded Cornell 59-26 to dominate the boards and scored 18 second chance points on the night.
Box Score: Amacher 16 pts, 11 rebs, 3 stls, Weaver 11 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, Stinson 9 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts, Geldernick 8 pts, 8 rebs, 4 stls, Wendler 8 pts, 2 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, J. Hanson 5 pts, 2 rebs, Ackerman 4 pts, 4 asts, 2 stls, Ovyn 4 pts, 7 rebs, Klabon 2 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, Gutowski 3 rebs, 1 stl. Weiler 5 rebs, G. Hanson.
We came out focused and performed well right out of the gate as our defense led to our offense. The guys took advantage of some Cornell turnovers and scored on the opposite end. We moved the ball well as we finished with 18 assists and held a large rebounding edge.
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