Hawkeyes Fall Short Against Holland Christian

By Chandler Timmer

On Saturday night, the boys varsity basketball team took on rival Holland Christian in the third annual “2 Hearts For 1 Cause” game. The Hamilton High School gym was packed with people supporting the great cause and their teams. From the start the crowd got into the game as both teams exchanged shots and raced out to a fast start. Hamilton’s Evan Woodke paced the team scoring the first 6 points for the Hawkeyes. The Maroons, however, took advantage of the attention given to their center Sam VanderSluis, by hitting three shots from 3-point range. Thanks to their hot shooting start the Maroons took a 13-11 advantage at the end of the first. For most of the first half the score remained close as each team played to their strengths.

At half the score was 25-22 in favor of HC. To start the third quarter, VanderSluis began to take charge. The Maroons used an early run to take a double-digit lead. Hamilton remained down by more than 10 until Collin Tidd’s 3-point play cut the lead to 41-32 with .2 seconds in the third.

As the final quarter began Hamilton needed a run to make the game close and it came with just over 4 minutes left. The Hawkeyes were able to rally late, capped by Brady Mudd’s 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to cut the lead to 55-51. “Our effort level ramped up. We knew we had to make something happen. Down by quite a few we started getting after them a little more,” senior Scott Scholten said of the comeback. Four points would be the closest the Hawkeyes got as Holland Christian converted free-throws late to secure a 61-54 win.

Colton Becksvoort lead the Hawkeyes with 14 points, followed by Woodke with 13. Holland Christian was paced by VanderSluis with 20 points and 14 rebounds. The loss was the first for Hamilton moving them to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in the OK Green Conference.

With the win the Maroons raised their record to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the OK Green. These two teams meet again later on February 6 at the Holland Civic Center.

Coach Brant Haverdink says the keys to improvement moving forward are pretty simple. “We have to make free-throws, we have to finish in the paint. We left too many shots up there. Missed lay-ups, missed 4-footers. We can’t really miss those in big games.” The Hawkeyes are in action again Friday night at home against Zeeland West starting at 6pm.

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Hamilton’s Evan Woodke looks to pass against Holland Christian Saturday night

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