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Hawks drop Heartbreaker

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013

Matt Nelson floats for a fast break lay up. Nelson finished Thursday night's loss versus Arlington with a career high, 35 points.

The Colman-Egan boys’ basketball team squandered a 17-point halftime lead last Thursday night, losing to Arlington 77-75 despite point guard Matt Nelson putting up 35 points.

It looked as if the Colman-Egan Hawks were the best team in the state during the first half of Thursday night’s game versus Arlington. The Hawks were hitting almost everything they threw at the basket in the first half while taking a huge first half advantage.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, that pace was unsustainable and they ended up losing to the hometown Cardinals.

Both teams played the first quarter pretty evenly with the Hawks coming out on top 17-12. But it is when the clock switched over the second quarter that got the road fans on their feet.

The Hawks came out of the quarter intermission with an intensity that seemed to scare the Cardinals. Not only did the Hawks dominate the offensive side of the ball but they held the Cardinals to just single digits (eight) points in the quarter. When the half was over, the Hawks were holding onto a 37-20 lead.

The third quarter was a completely different story however. Colman-Egan lost their touch and started getting careless with the basketball. On six straight possessions the Hawks turned the ball over with Arlington taking advantage of most of them. A lot of the turnovers can be attributed to a tighter press defense that the Cardinals put on them in the second half, but the Hawks just couldn’t get it done. They were outscored 25-8 in the quarter and the Cardinals had tied it up at 45 all.

It was an old fashioned shootout in Arlington for the final eight minutes. Colman-Egan busted out 30 points in the quarter but it was the points they didn’t score that were the story.

Missed free throws late and few bad possessions left the door open for Cardinals who were able to put up 32 points in the final eight minutes to take the victory, 77-75.

“We could have folded after the 3rd quarter, but we stayed with it and played even with them in fourth,” said Colman-Egan head coach Brant Deutsch. “We had our opportunities to win the game late but missed free throws, turnovers and bad offensive possessions down the stretch did not help matters.”

Nelson had his highest offensive output of the season, scoring 35 points on 14-23 shooting as well as pulling down eight rebounds. Riley Clark went for 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks, while Keaton Westover rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points.

Colman-Egan tried shaking the loss last night in their game against Flandreau. They will also play host to Dell Rapids St. Mary tomorrow night. Results from those games will be in next week’s paper.

C-E 17 20 8 30 75

Arling 12 8 25 32 77

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