Colman-Egan's Haiden Schmidt gets past Mason Leiseth's block attempt for two points during the first half of the Hawks' 48-42 win over the Chargers in Saturday's Entringer Scholarship Classic at Brookings High School. (Troy Maroney/The Register)
A breakout performance by Matt Nelson in the first half of Thursday’s game versus Baltic was not enough for the Colman-Egan Hawks to win, but on Saturday, the Hawks picked up a win in the Entringer Classic over Hamlin.
Baltic 58 Colman-Egan 49
The Hawks were coming off a tough loss to Estelline just a few days prior, and were looking to get their offense on track. CE has used a variety of different players as their lead horse throughout the season -Thursday was Nelson’s turn to lead the squad.
The 6-1 senior started out hot, making numerous baskets to keep the Hawks in the lead for most of the quarter. Baltic was not backing down however. The Hawks and the Bulldogs battled back-and-forth to a 17-16 score in favor of CE after eight minutes of play.
The second quarter was almost identical to the first. Nelson was hitting shots from all over the court and Baltic was responding with shots of their own. The two teams finished the first half at a stalemate, 33-33. Nelson accounted for 17 of the Hawks 33 points.
The lead continued to sway back-and-forth between the two teams but Baltic was able to hit a late jumper in to pull ahead by two heading into the fourth quarter, 44-42.
Baltic turned their afterburners on in the fourth – pushing ahead by as much as nine and finishing with that same nine point lead. There were 21 lead changes in the 32-minute game.
Colman-Egan matched the Bulldogs shot for shot from the field for the first three quarters but the Bulldogs shot 36% from the field in the second half compared the Hawks 19%. Baltic was also able to take advantage of the Hawks aggressive defensive play, going to the line 20 times compared to the Hawks nine – including just two in the second half.
That has been the story of the season for the Hawks. Through the first five games, the Hawks have taken 243 shots, exactly the same amount as their opponents, and making just nine fewer of those shots (83-243 for CE and 92-243 for their opponents.) Their downfall has been free throws. CEHS has allowed their opponents to go to the line 129 times this season and have only been there 72 times themselves. CE’s opponents have made 39 more free throws (79-129) than the Hawks (40-72), and have been outscored by just 46 points on the season.
All things considered, the Hawks offense is moving pretty well, and players are starting to get into the swing of things. The rest of the season should be fun to watch.
Nelson finished the game with 21 points and five rebounds. Keaton Westover contributed nine points, while Riley Clark posted a team leading nine rebounds to go with his eight points.
Colman-Egan 48 – Hamlin 42
The Hawks recovered from their earlier loss to Baltic by sneaking out a six-point victory over Hamlin Saturday night at the Entringer Classic in Brookings.
The Hawks took an early first quarter lead and used some high powered shooting the rest of the quarter to take a 17-12 lead into the second quarter.
Things slowed down for the Hawks in the second and they were only able to post five points in the quarter. The two teams went into the halftime break tied at 22.
Colman-Egan took the lead again in the third quarter and never looked back. The aggressive defense I talked about above was certainly paying off for the Hawks in the third quarter of Saturday’s game. CEHS held Hamlin to just six points in the quarter. The Hawks lead 32-28 heading into the final stanza.
The two teams went punch for punch in the final quarter. Hamlin was doing their best to get their offense back on track but the Hawks were not slowing down offensively. The Hawks were able to outlast Hamlin to take the 48-42 victory and in doing so, improving their record to 2-6 on the season.
The free throw problem that is mentioned above, well that was not a problem for the Hawks on Saturday. The Hawks were 20-29 from the free-throw line – it was the first time all season the Hawks have shot more free throws than their opponent.
Westover and Trenton Hemmer both put up 12 points for the Hawks. Westover was 4-8 from beyond the arc, while Hemmer went 3-10 from the field but was 6-9 from the free-throw line.
Colman-Egan will be back in action against Deubrook on the third and will face off with Bridgewater-Emery on the fifth.