Boys Basketball Struggles at Grandville

By: Lucas Reimink

Junior Justin Stezowski puts up a three-point shot at Grandville.

Junior Justin Stezowski puts up a three-point shot at Grandville.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – On Tuesday night, the Hamilton boys basketball team took on the Grandville Bulldogs. Heading into the game, the Hawkeyes held a 1-0 record while the Bulldogs were 1-1 with a win over Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills. Grandville jumped out to a big lead early on and coasted to a win with a final score of 57-38.


Grandville jumped out to an early lead closing the first quarter with a score of 16-4. The second quarter was even with both teams scoring 10 points and putting the halftime score at 26-14 Bulldogs. The second half was much of the same as Grandville continued their high scoring efforts paced by Sam Cornett with 14 points, 12 by Austin Dukesherer, and Ethan Rycenga adding 10 points while keeping up their defensive pressure. Ben Koopman led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 18 points and added 6 rebounds.


Grandville also had a strong defensive showing by holding the Hawkeyes to a 27% shooting percentage and forcing 8 turnovers and constantly bothering Hamilton’s shooting all night long. 

When asked about the game, freshman power forward Brad Osborne said  “We started out slow and quickly realized that we needed to be tougher with them if we wanted to win the game and we just couldn’t get it done”


The loss drops Hamilton to a 1-1 record and will host Wayland Union on Friday, December 18. The Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Caledonia and Hopkins by a combined score of 133-64.  The Covering Hawkeye Sports class will have a live Hawkeye Gameday pregame show for the Wayland vs. Hamilton match-up.