Huge comeback not quite enough for Hawkeyes

On Friday night the Hawkeyes hosted an old rival Thornapple-Kellogg Middleville. The Hawkeyes and the Trojans go way back. They were conference rivals in the OK Gold prior to Hamilton’s switch to the OK Green in 2008. The Hawkeyes made a huge comeback after a tough first quarter, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 66-59 to the Trojans.

The Trojans hit two three’s right off the bat to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. The Hawkeyes on the other hand couldn’t seem to hit a shot early in the game as they fell to a 19-4 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

The turning point seemed to come after a Hamilton timeout with 4:23 left in the second quarter. The score prior to the timeout was 33-16, but the Hawkeyes came out of the timeout re-energized and went on a 9-4 run to close the gap to 37-25 going in to halftime.

A three point basket by junior Chris Scholten cut the Trojan lead to 45-40 with 7:33 left in the game. The closest the Hawkeyes would become was 47-44 before the Trojans seemingly ended the game pulling ahead 57-47 with 3:11 left in the game.

Although the Hawkeyes lost 66-59 they overcame a 19-4 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

“We didn’t expect them to make their first four three’s,” Coach Sikma said. “We went into the game focused on guarding the paint, and they came out shooting hot.”

“We need to find a way to start games quicker,” Coach Sikma added. “We competed well in both of our games this week. Our lapses are getting shorter and shorter every game, but we need to focus on playing a good game for 32 minutes.”

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