The Colman-Egan boy’s basketball team played some extremely good basketball over the weekend – falling short to Deubrook on Friday but rebounding to beat Bridgewater-Emery on Saturday in a thriller.
Colman-Egan 55 – Deubrook 64
There was very little the Hawks could do Friday night to slow down the Duebrook Dolphins offense. CEHS was doing everything in their power to try and match them but it was just too much at the end.
The two teams went back and forth for most of the first quarter but Deubrook took a slight lead heading into the final minute. Keaton Westover received a pass from Trenton Hemmer on the right elbow and drained his second three of the quarter to give the Hawks their first lead of the game at 14-13.
That was the score when the second quarter started. Westover hit his third straight three to extend the Hawk lead to 17-13 but that is when the Dolphins turned it on. Deubrook’s Cory Byers hit a three from the top to give the Dolphins the lead back at 18-17 and they continued to poor it on until the score was 29-17 in favor of Deubrook. The 16-0 run by the Dolphins finally ended with a Riley Clark free throw with just 60 seconds left in the quarter. Matt Nelson added a late lay-up to bring the score to, 29-20, in favor of Deubrook heading into halftime.
Westover popped off his fifth three of the game to bring the score within two at 31-33 but Byers hit back to back threes for Deubrook to bring the lead back to eight for the Dolphins.
CEHS was able to bring the deficit down to as little as four but a couple of missed buckets by the Hawks towards the end of the game iced it for the Dolphins.
Deubrook shot 11-13 (85%) in the second half and an amazing 23-33 (70%) for the game. Colman-Egan tried responding by shooting nearly 70% in the second half and almost 60% for the game, but it just wasn’t enough.
Clark finished the game as the Hawks leading scorer with 19 points, while Nelson added 17 and Westover contributed 15.
The loss drops the Hawks record to 2-5 on the season.
Deubrook 13 16 16 19 64
C-E 14 6 21 14 55
Colman-Egan 63 –
The Hawks were able to rebound from their loss on Friday by taking a thrilling 63-61 overtime victory against Bridgewater-Emery on the road on Saturday night.
The Hawks started out slow in the first quarter but Westover hit three 3-pointers early, forcing the B-E defenders to switch up their game plan. The box and one defense they ran on Westover pretty much shut him down for the rest of the game. The Hawks trailed 19-16 after one quarter of play.
In order for the Hawks to compete, they were going to need more people to step up after they shut down Westover. No body was willing to take the reigns in the second quarter. The Hawks only tallied five points in the second quarter, but their defense stepped up by only allowing eight B-E points. The Hawks were going to need to get some offense working in the second half if they were going to come back from the 27-21 deficit they had after one half.
The third quarter started off slow however and the Hawks saw themselves down as much as 13. They battled through the quarter and B-E ended up with an 11-point lead heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
After two minutes of the fourth, the game looked all but over for the Hawks, but then something clicked. Trenton Hemmer hit some big three’s and forced some clutch turnovers to get the ball rolling again in favor of CEHS. The Hawks were down two with fewer than 30 seconds left thanks to a pair of missed free throws by B-E. The Hawks went down the court, missed their first chance, but Clark picked up a huge rebound, dished it off to Tanner Acton who hit an off balance jumper as the buzzer sounded to send the game to overtime.
“The play was not drawn up for Tanner, but give him a lot of credit he saw we were in trouble and came to the ball and made an off-balance shot from the elbow,” said Head Coach Brant Deutsch.
The two teams went back and forth during the overtime period and with a two-point lead with 10 seconds left, the Hawks were able to beat the press. But an arrant pass went out of bounds, giving B-E seven seconds to try and tie the game.
Credit the Hawks defense - they did not give them an open look, forcing a tough shot that fell short of the basket.
Matt Nelson had a huge game, leading the Hawks with 20 points on the night but one of the biggest reasons for the Hawks victory were the 14 points by Hemmer and the 12 points by Clark, all of which came in the second half.
The win improves the Hawks record to 3-5 on the season and is a big momentum push for the rest of the season.
“It is nice to finally win a close game, it will give us confidence as we move forward throughout January and into tournament time,” said Deutsch.
The Hawks played Castlewood last night as well as a contest with Lake Preston on Friday and a game in Alcester on Saturday.
Col-Egan 16 5 10 32 63
Brid-Emery 19 8 15 19 61