Hawkeyes hold off Holland in upset

HOLLAND, Mich. – Heading into the season, the Hawkeyes were an after thought in a strong OK-Green conference. Predicted to finish last and losing key players from last year, it wasn’t hard to believe. But, the Hawkeyes made believers out of plenty Friday night as they took on the Holland Dutch in a convincing 65-53 win.

“I’m just proud of our guys, I’m proud of how they battled together,” Coach Haverdink said.

Heading into the game, Holland sat all alone at the top of the conference. With a undefeated record and boasting an 8-1 overall record, it was easy to see how Hamilton was the underdog. But, the Hawkeyes had different plans. With the Hawkeyes leading at the half 36-24 thanks to 12 first half points from Evan Woodke, it would take a outstanding effort for the Dutch to fight back. But, as the second half would begin, Woodke would suffer a cut under his chin that would keep him out for the majority of the third quarter. This allowed Demetrius Lake, and the rest of the Holland team to fight back and pull the game within four as the third quarter ended. As the fourth quarter began, the Hawkeyes were able to rely on the post play of both Grant Wolfram and Colton Becksvoort, who combined for 16 points helping the Hawkeyes outscore Holland 18-10 in the fourth quarter, sealing the deal on the win. Demitrious Lake would lead all scorers with 27 points.

Several key players stepped up for the Hawkeyes, including senior guard Collin Tidd. Tidd came in to replace the injured Woodke in the third quarter, leading Hamilton’s offense in key moments and helping them come away with the win. “They kept on encouraging me, I couldn’t have done it without them,” Tidd said about his teammates role in his third quarter play.

Through the adversity and Holland rallies, Hamilton continued to hold onto their lead. Helping the Hawkeyes move to 8-2 on the season and moving into a tie for first place in the conference. This will no doubt go down as possibly the biggest win of the season for this Hamilton team. The Hawkeyes are next in action this Friday as they take on the Byron Center Bulldogs.


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