Senior Dennis Park puts in the first two points of the night for the Hawks. Park, along with the four other seniors, played in their final game in front of their home fans.
In their final chance to show the home fans what they were made of, the Colman-Egan boys’ basketball team fell just shy of taking down the Chester Flyers last Thursday night, 43-42.
The Hawks played the whole game tight but the hot hand of Chester point guard, Cole Acheson was too much in the end.
Twelfth-grader, Dennis Park started senior night out right, scoring the first two points of the game for the Hawks, but turnovers on three of their first four possessions allowed the Flyers to take a quick 7-4 lead.
The Hawks found some control, tying the game with a three from senior Keaton Westover and taking the lead with a bucket from senior Matt Nelson.
It looked as if the Hawks were going to take a small lead into the quarter break but Acheson drained one of his five threes just before the buzzer sounded, giving the Flyers a 12-11 lead after one quarter.
Acheson started the second quarter off with another trey, giving the Flyers a four-point lead early in the quarter. Neither team could get much going in the quarter but the momentum took a serious turn in favor of the Hawks, trailing by seven before senior Riley Clark hit a floater from half court as time expired in the first half. Clark accounted for seven of the Hawks nine points in the second quarter, but they still trailed 24-20 at half.
The Hawks tried using the momentum from Clark’s 47-footer to overcome the small deficit in the second half. It didn’t look good early as they Flyers went on an early 7-0 run but the Hawks responded with seven straight points of their own to bring the game to 33-30. Each team hit one more bucket in the quarter, and the Flyers took a 35-32 lead into the final eight minutes.
Then things got interesting. Acheson hit an early three giving the Flyers a quick six-point lead but Westover responded with his first points since the opening minutes of the game, putting the lead back down to just three.
Trenton Hemmer, the only non-senior to score a point for the Hawks on the night, put the lead to within one with a smooth reverse layup. After Chester added another two points, Hemmer responded with the shot of the night, a three-pointer with a minute remaining from the left wing to tie the game for the first time since it was 7-7.
Colman-Egan would make a huge mistake on the ensuing possession, fouling Chester’s Austin Opdahl, sending him to the line for a one-and-one. Opdahl hit the first, but missed the second. Unfortunately for C-E, Nelson was called for a lane violation, giving Opdahl another chance at it. He would miss again, giving the Hawks 20 seconds to storm down the court to find an open look.
They did just that, Westover received a pass at the top of the key, as open as he has been most of the night and took the shot. For a moment it looked as if they had it but the ball, which seemed like it was almost halfway through the hoop, popped out and landed in the hands of the Flyers.
The Hawks fouled and the Flyers missed their free throw but two Colman-Egan rebounders fought for the ball, unable to corral it before time expired.
Clark led the Hawks with 14 points on 6-9 shooting, while also pulling down a team high seven rebounds. Nelson also hit double digits with 10 points on 5-9 shooting. Acheson finished the game with 23 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc.
The Hawks were to play Oldham-Ramona-Rutland on Tuesday for their only game this week. Results in next week’s paper.