by Coach Russ Weiler
The Blackhawks jumped out to an early lead and never looked back versus the visiting Gilman Pirates as their defense and balanced offense earned them a 72-24 victory.
The Hawks were aggressive early get some inside scores from Logan Amacher and a few drives to the rim by Aaron Ovyn and Tyler Weaver. Their half-court trap bothered the Pirates and forced some steals. The Blackhawks were also aggressive going to the rim in the first half earning twelve free throws and making nine. The Hawks were able to build a 38-18 advantage at the half.
The second half was more of the same, Carter Klabon knocked down a pair of threes in the half and Hayden Weiler knocked one down as well. Sophomore Jaedon Hanson forced some steals at the top of the pressure defense which led to him scoring seven points in the half. The Hawks also continued to knock down their free throws making nine of twelve in the second half as well. The rebounding on both ends helped secure the victory for the Hawks with a final 72-24 score.
Box Score: Weaver 15, Klabon 12, Ovyn 11, Amacher 7, Geldernick 7, Jaedon Hanson 7, Stinson 6, Wendler 4, Weiler 3.
It was good to see the guys back out on the court after a long layoff, they came focused and ready to play. We had a little rust or nerves early since we hadn't played in over two weeks, but they got back into rhythm quickly. I liked with all the different combinations of players that we played tonight, how well we moved the ball.
We played solid defense and communicated with each other well and it showed. The guys attacked the rim getting twenty-four free throw attempts.
The Blackhawks went head-to-head against the Prentice Buccaneers from the Marawood Conference on Thursday night in a game that went down to the end, as the Hawks dropped a close one 63-57.
After a slow start the Hawks got some consistent offense as seven players scored in the first half against the Pack-line defense of Prentice. Aaron Ovyn scored ten points for the Blackhawks and Roy Stinson scored five including a three. The Blackhawks trailed 30-29 at the half.
The Hawks were able to loosen up the Buccaneer defense in the second half by knocking in four three pointers. Carter Klabon hit a pair of them for the Hawks as they closed the gap at the end of the game. The Blackhawks got some nice shots that they weren't able to get to fall in as the Buccaneers salted the game away at the free throw line.
Box Score: Ovyn 15, Weaver 9, Stinson 9, Amacher 8, Geldernick 7, Klabon 7, Wendler 2.
Two spirited teams took to the court on Saturday as the Owen-Withee Blackhawks host the Athens Blue Jays from the Marawood Conference. The teams battle back and forth for the entire first half, but in the second half the visitors slowly pulled away as the Blackhawks' offense went dry to begin the second half for a long spell and they weren't able to recover as the Blue Jays were victorious 56-39.
Caleb Geldernick got the Hawks on the scoreboard early with a hard drive to the rim to match the Blue Jays' opening basket. After a couple of offensive fouls, the Hawks got settled in and Carter Klabon scored five straight points, three coming from long distance. A nice feed from Elliot Ackerman to Logan Amacher kept the Hawks close, trailing 16-11. Later in the half the Blackhawks scored on five of six possessions, with Aaron Ovyn scoring a pair of hoops and Robert Wendler grabbing an offensive board for two. The Hawks cut the halftime lead to 25-23 as Ackerman hit Tyler Weaver on a basket cut just before the half.
The Hawks continued to play strong defense versus the Jays, but it was their offense that they couldn't get going. With plenty of good looks, they weren't able to get any to go down, only scoring three points in the first ten minutes of the half. Their defense kept the game within ten during the dry spell. As Amacher scored to inside hoops for the Hawks to get them going, the Athens Blue Jays also connected on some key shots keeping the Hawks at distance and finishing out the game for the 56-39 victory.
Box Score: Amacher 11, Weaver 8, Klabon 6, Stinson 5, Ovyn 4, Geldernick 3, Wendler 2.
We got the chance to play another quality non-conference opponent as Athens is in first place in the Marawood. I liked our intensity and focus in the first half as we played pretty solid on both ends. The second half drought was tough, as we had some excellent looks that we didn't finish. A quality opponent makes us better.
The guys continue to make strides each night taking ownership of their responsibilities and are accountable. We play hard and are starting to use our experience to help us in the future.
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