Hawkeyes seek validation heading into Holland game

It’s been a long road to this point. The Hamilton boys basketball team is coming off of yet another close win, a win that required them to battle off a tough Unity Christian team. A Unity Christian team with wins over Allendale and Zeeland East. But, as the clock expired with the Hawkeyes on top yet again, thanks to clutch free throws from senior Colton Becksvoort, you couldn’t help, but feel like the Hawkeyes were still not as respected in the OK Green conference as they should be. This Tuesday though is a chance to gain the respect that they deserve.

The 7-2 Hawkeyes will travel to Holland to take on a star studded Dutch team that boasts a 8-1 record. The only undefeated team left in the conference, this could become the statement win that the Hawkeyes, so desperately need. Holland is led by Demetrius Lakes, a speedy guard who is coming off of a 18 point performance in a convincing 45-33 win over Zeeland West. Lakes also put on a scoring clinic versus Holland Christian, scoring 29 points in the 51-49 thriller to gain sole position of first place in the conference. But, Lakes is far from the only star that shines bright for Holland. The Dutch are anchored by a defensive force in the middle, 6 foot 11 center, Kyle Bartholmew. Bartholmew was an invite to the coveted Top 100 Showcase this last summer, a event that hosts the Top 100 players in the state and allow them to showcase their talent for colleges.

Hamilton is lead by a star of their own, senior forward Grant Wolfram. Wolfram has caught fire over this season. Eclipsing the 20 point mark in scoring several times this year and being a dominate force on the boards. Wolfram is a versatile defender, who will be able to guard either Lakes, or Bartholmew with success. Hamilton will look to move the around the perimeter and will most likely settle jumpers as it will be tough for the Hawkeyes to get shots in the paint against Holland. This shouldn’t be a problem though for Hamilton who can rotate deeply at the guard position with three point threats.  The senior heavy Hamilton team has shown a lot of resilience throughout the season fighting back in the closing minutes several times this season. This game will be close and could go down to the wire. But, there is no doubt that the Hawkeyes will be searching for validation as they look to move into first place in the conference.

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