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Strong final quarter pushes West Ottawa past Hamilton 50-45

The varsity boys’ basketball team started their game against West Ottawa firing on all cylinders. The Hawkeyes were able to set the pace, as they quickly got off to a hot start. By the end of the first quarter Hamilton’s lead was 15-9, and 25-19 at the half.

Then the intensity really changed in the second half. The pace was much faster than what the Hawkeyes were used to, and it caused a few key unnecessary turnovers. The Panthers took advantage of these mistakes by turning them into points on the other end of the court. This lead to the Panthers outscoring the Hawkeyes 13-11 in the third quarter, but the Hawkeyes still took a four point lead into the fourth.

That lead was quickly diminished, as the Panthers took almost complete control of the game from then on. The Hawkeyes tried to make a surge back into it on the shoulders of Elijah Walker and Grant Wolfram, but fell five points short at the final buzzer.  West Ottawa outlasted the Hawkeyes for a 50-45 victory.

Leading Hamilton in scoring was junior Grant Wolfram, with 12 points. Also a key performer was senior Elijah Walker, with 11 points and 5 assists but it just wasn’t enough to get it done for the Hawkeyes.

We learned tonight that playing at their own pace is key for Hamilton success. Also, they have to be able to play high intensity basketball without the turnovers.  Their ability to do so will be crucial in upcoming games.

This loss drops the team record to 2-1 under new head coach Brant Haverdink.  The Hawkeyes are next in action on Friday when they face their first road test at Grandville.

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