Hawkeye basketball falls to Unity Christian

This Wednesday the Hamilton boys basketball team took on Unity Christian at home. The Hawkeyes fell 55-48, but had the lead down to four, after two big Brady Mudd threes late in the game.

It was a fast paced first quarter for both sides, with several lead changes. Grant Wolfram had seven of the Hawkeyes 15 first quarter points, but still they found themselves down 17-15 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was when Unity Christian took the game over, going on a 10-2 run that would help them hold onto their lead for the remainder of the game. Unity would be up 28-22 going into the half-time break.

Unity would keep the lead through the third and fourth quarters; stopping a Hamilton comeback attempt late and sealing the deal with a 55-48 victory. Unity shut down Hamilton’s leading scorer on the season, Elijah Walker, to just eight points. When I asked Unity Christian coach Scott Soodsma about how they were able to shut down Walker, he responded with, “We tried to keep switching men on him, because we knew he was their leading scorer and we didn’t want to give him any looks and we wanted to make it hard for him to get the shots he got.”

Hamilton will face Unity Christian one more time this season, I asked Hamilton’s leading scorer Grant Wolfram, who had 18 points, what adjustments they will have to make going into that game, Wolfram said, “We will have to be tougher, just finish a couple more possessions and get a good practice in before the game.”

I asked Hamilton coach Brant Haverdink about the advantage of playing them so soon and he responded with, “They play a different kind of defense then you see on a regular basis, and that takes time to adjust to, seeing it again in six days will be a great advantage to us.”

That game will be played next Tuesday the 18th at Unity Christian.

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