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Flier boys squeeze past Hawks

Modified: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013

Both Flandreau and Colman-Egan boys picked up wins over the weekend, but the Fliers were able to get the better of the Hawks when they faced off last Tuesday night in Flandreau.

Flandreau 64 – Colman-Egan 60

Flandreau picked up a huge first half lead thanks to some stellar defense to start the first two quarters, but the Hawks found their game in the second half, coming back to within one basket of the lead.

The Fliers started the game on an impressive 12-0 run, hitting buckets on their first four trips down the court. Guy Zephier started the game with a three pointer and finished the run with a breakaway lay up, giving the sense that the game was going to be a blowout.

Riley Clark made C-E’s first basket more than half way through the first quarter, and the Hawks eventually cut the lead in half in just six points. Flandreau responded by going on a 5-0 run to end the quarter and take a 22-11 lead.

The Fliers were able to extend that lead right away. For the second consecutive quarter, the Hawks failed to score until there was less than four minutes left to play. In that time, Flandreau had extended their lead to 20 at 31-11.

Keaton Westover finally hit a three to put the Hawks on the board in quarter, sparking an offensive surge for Colman-Egan. The Hawks finished the quarter on an 8-2 run, with the Fliers only points coming from a Zephier buzzer beater, giving Flandreau a 14 point lead at halftime.

You could tell something had clicked for Clark at during the halftime break, he came out and scored the Hawks first eight points of the quarter – paired with five points from Westover, the Hawks were able to cut the Fliers score just slightly heading into the final eight minutes.

The Fliers seemed like they had the game wrapped up with just six minutes to play, they had brought their lead back to 15 and the Hawks were still relying on Clark to do all of their scoring. But something changed right after a timeout for Colman-Egan, everyone’s game was elevated to the next level.

The Hawks went on a 9-0 run thanks to baskets from four different players. The Fliers finally got back on the board with a Jacob Patterson free throw (they had missed four straight free throws before the made basket by Patterson), but the Hawks weren’t ready to say mercy just yet. Matt Nelson drove the lane for two to bring the lead to just five before Patterson would make two more free throws, putting the lead back to seven.

Haiden Schmidt responded with one of the best series of plays the Hawk have had all year. Schmidt received a pass while moving to his right, shot a three, made it, and got fouled. Things looked bleak when Schmidt missed the free throw but he got his own rebound and put it back in for two points. The five-point swing got the Hawks within two points for the first time since the opening tip.

That was all she wrote for Colman-Egan however, as they battled the rest of the way but Patterson and Mitchel Foster were able to hit their free throws and keep the Hawks out of range.

Led by Foster and Zephier’s 14 points apiece, four Fliers were in double figures on Tuesday night. Geno Taylor-Burshiem put in 12, while Patterson tallied 11.

Clark led the Hawks with 23 points and 10 boards, with Westover adding 13 and Nelson adding 11.

Colman-Egan 7 13 17 23 60

Flandreau 22 16 12 14 64

Flandreau 68 – Hamlin 53

After getting their Thursday night game cancelled versus Sioux Valley, the Fliers headed up to Hamlin to take on the Chargers and leaving with their second victory of the week.

The Fliers, as they usually do, came out of the games firing, hitting big shots and wearing out the Charger defense on their way to an early 18-15 lead.

The Fliers continued to abuse Hamlin’s defense in the second quarter outscoring them 19-11 and taking an 11-point lead into the half at 37-26.

Flandreau was trying to avoid another late comeback by their opponents, but it sure looked like the Chargers were up to the task in the third quarter. Hamlin slowed the pace and got the Fliers to take some low percentage shots. The two teams finished the quarter at a 13-13 draw and keeping the Fliers lead at 11.

But, the Fliers responded in the forth by playing good team basketball and extending their lead by four. The Fliers outscored the Chargers 18-14 in the quarter to bring the game to its final score of 68-53.

Foster led the Fliers with 19 points on 7-12 shooting, with Guy Zephier adding 16 points and Geno Taylor-Burshiem putting in 13.

The Fliers improved their record to 9-6 on the season with their two wins and will host top ranked Clark/Willow Lake on Saturday.

Flandreau 18 19 13 18 68

Hamlin 15 11 13 14 53

Colman-Egan 78 – St. Mary 44

The Hawks snapped their four-game losing streak Friday night at home by pounding the St. Mary Cardinals 78-44.

The game started with a bang, Riley Clark won the tip, dished it Haiden Schmidt who immediately alley-oop’d it back to Clark for and emphatic dunk.

That pretty much set the mood for the whole game. Colman-Egan jumped out to an early 17-9 lead and led 33-22 at half.

The Hawks blew things open in the third, scoring 27 points compared to St. Mary’s 12. The Hawks added eight points to their lead in the fourth to give them the 78-44 lead.

No stats were submitted for this game.

Colman-Egan will play Chester at home tomorrow night for their final home game of the year.

St. Mary 9 13 12 10 44

Col. Egan 17 16 27 18 78

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