Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hawkeye boys varsity upended by Wildcats

Brady Mudd puts up a three during Friday night's game against Wayland.

Dylan Oonk & Brett Babler
ThunderHawk Staff Writer

The boys varsity basketball team lost to a tough game to Wayland on Friday, 53-37.

The Hawkeyes stayed in the game but couldn’t get closer than 7 points after the midway point of the second quarter.

The Hawkeyes came into the game 3-1 after a strong double digit win over a tough Middleville team. Coming into the last two non-conference games, the Hawkeyes were looking to make a strong run to gain momentum coming into conference play.

Wayland came out with an aggressive mindset, pressing the Hawkeyes from the start of the game. Although Hamilton handled their press with patience, the pressure still slowed down their half court offense which allowed Wayland to disrupt the rhythm of the Hawkeyes offense.

Junior forward Grant Wolfram led the Hawkeyes with 14 points.

Although the turnover category was even, Wayland owned the glass out rebounding the Hawkeyes 23 to 29, with 8 of Waylands rebounds being offensive. These offensive rebounds gave Wayland second chances on the offensive end.

Leading the Hawkeyes were Grant Wolfram and Elijah Walker who scored 14 and 9 points, respectively.

The leading scorer for Wayland was Dilon Aten with 12 points.

Hamilton trailed 20-10 after the first quarter, and were down 34-23 at halftime.

With the Hamilton crowd staying with them and never dieing down, Hamilton started to rally back in the third quarter by outscoring Wayland 11-10.   The rally dried up as Hamilton was outscored 9-3 in the fourth.

The team played Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Saturday.  For that game story, go here.

The team looks to rebound when they go on the road to take on the Byron Center Bulldogs. This will be a tough conference game week, also taking on rivals Holland Christian on Friday night.

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