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Hamilton Gets Big Win Over Byron Center

On Tuesday night the Hamilton boys basketball team faced conference opponent Byron Center. The two faced each other earlier this year with the Hawkeyes taking the game with a 57-46 win. This game had an identical  to that one with the Hawkeyes winning this one 57-46 as well. The first quarter opened up with Byron Center taking the lead early with the first four points of the game. The Hawkeyes would then go on a 6 point run and the quarter ending at 6-6. Hamilton had three players score that quarter with baskets from Conner Davis, Elijah Walker and Grant Wolfram.

Both offenses would get going in the second quarter though with Byron scoring the first 8 points of the game and getting out to a 14-6 lead. But, the Hawkeyes yet again answered by going on a 11-1 run, with points coming from everywhere. Hamilton looked like they would go into the half with a 19-17 lead, but a mistake in time by Conner Davis gave Byron one more chance before the half, as they converted on a half court buzzer beater, to go up 20-19 as they went into the locker rooms. Hamilton was led in scoring by Grant Wolfram and Conner Davis who both had five points at the half.

The second half was a polar opposite of the first as the two teams combined for 60 points compared to 39 in the first half. When asked about the second half adjustments Coach Brant Haverdink replied with, “We talked about getting better shots, reversing the basketball and getting good post touches.” The post touches made a big difference as Hamilton saw big games from Grant Wolfram who had 14, and Conner Davis who led the team with 18. Most of their points came in the lane and all but five points for each of them came after the first half. When Conner was asked about his big performance he said, “My Teammates were getting me the ball in the right spots and found me and luckily I knocked down some shots.

Junior Grant Wolfram had his first career dunk which helped electrify his team and the crowd and helped solidify the win for the Hawkeyes, Grant said, “Well I kind of got a monkey off my back, since everyone has been bugging me to do it and I just did it finally, it was the best feeling ever.

To put Wolfram and Davis’s great fourth quarter performance into perspective, the duo combined for 17 of Hamilton’s 25 fourth quarter points. The Hawkeyes are now 5-7 on the season and are looking forward to their battle Friday against Holland Christian at the Civic Center.

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