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Hamilton boys basketball dominates in win over Allegan

ALLEGAN, Mich. – According to freedictionary.com domination is defined as having control or power over others and Hamilton did just that and more on Tuesday night as they rolled Allegan 51-18 in their first game of the season.

Senior guard, Brady Mudd, was able to get the Hawkeyes off on the right foot by scoring the first eight points of the game. Hamilton shut out Allegan, jumping to a 19-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, they would not score their first basket of the game until part way through the second quarter and would be shut out again until midway through the third. The Hawkeyes held a commanding 36-2 lead at the half and were able to rotate deeply through their line up with every player seeing playing time. “We talked to our guys that when their name gets called they need to ring the bell and show us what they can do.” Haverdink said.

Hamilton’s defense was stellar throughout the game causing 22 turnovers and only allowing eight shots from the Tigers in the first half, when Haverdink was asked about this he said, “We wanted to play our fundamental defense, many of these kids have been running this their whole life, and those kids buy into it.”

Senior forwards Grant Wolfram and Scott Scholten led the team in scoring with 9 points a piece and were key players in the big win over Allegan, Wolfram was also able to lead the team in rebounding with 7 total, helping the Hawkeyes dominate on the glass. “We had great communication on the defensive side of ball,” Wolfram said when asked about what allowed them to be so successful.

After such a strong opening game, it appears as though the Hawkeyes will be able to improve in their second year under Coach Haverdink, after a 8-13 campaign last year.

This Friday Hamilton will play its second game of the season when they take on Hopkins in a boys, girls double-header.

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