Thursday, September 21, 2017

Boys varsity basketball off to strong start

Senior guard Collin Tidd, defends the inbound pass against Allegan.

This Tuesday, Hamilton’s boy’s basketball team opened up their season with a dominating 51-18 win. The Hawkeyes actually had a 36-2 lead before slowing the tempo and sending in the subs. It was a balanced attack from Hamilton all night, with Brady Mudd scoring the first eight points of the game, allowing Hamilton to get out to a 19-0 lead before Allegan was able to score their first bucket of the game. They would not score again until midway through the 3rd quarter. The future looks bright for a Hamilton team that has struggled in past years.

The Hawkeyes went 8-13 last year in their first season under Head Coach Brant Haverdink, and are looking to make strides to regain respect in the OK Green conference. Coach Haverdink will look towards leadership from a senior heavy team this year that will be lead by 6 foot 7, senior forward, Grant Wolfram. Wolfram has been a staple in the Hamilton basketball program since he was pulled up in his sophomore season. Look for a big year from him, as he will become the main option offensively from a Hawkeye team that lost last years leading scorer Elijah Walker to graduation.

The Hawkeyes will be a team loaded at the guard position that will be lethal around the perimeter, with returners like Brady Mudd, Evan Woodke, and Collin Tidd manning the backcourt for the Hawkeyes this year. Woodke and Tidd will most likely be in charge of the ball handling duties, with Mudd playing the spot up shooter role. Mudd was especially dangerous against Allegan showing that he will join Wolfram as one of the top scoring options for the team this season.

A player to watch this season will be senior forward, Colton Becksvoort. Becksvoort is a strong finish for the Hawkeyes who is always aggressive at the defensive end, at 6 foot 4, Becksvoort’s aggressiveness also pays in dividends when it comes to fighting for rebounds on both ends of the court, and helping the Hawkeyes scrap for loose balls.

Hamilton will be a sleeper pick to win the very balanced OK Green conference after a strong preseason, showing that they have the talent to match up with conference favorites like Holland and Byron Center, and proved that they can compete against conference rival Holland Christian after beating them in a scrimmage earlier a few weeks ago at Hope College.

Experience and leadership will be a key for Hamilton this year with eight seniors and only four underclassmen. Regardless of talent, for a team this senior heavy it will be important for strong leadership to be able to step up and for players to understand their role on the team. If all of those things fall into place, the Hawkeyes will be dangerous this year.

 

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