By: Joshua Williams
The boys varsity basketball team lost a tough fought battle against Grand Haven Tuesday night. Hamilton got out to an early 6-0 lead forcing Grand Haven to take a timeout. Grand Haven responded with a 7 point run of their own to take the lead. Hamilton had a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Grand Haven responded with a strong second quarter to take a 29-27 lead at the half. Hamilton came out of the half with energy and took a one point lead going into the fourth quarter. The two teams continued to go back and forth throughout the quarter. Grand Haven tied it up with under a minute to go, and Hamilton took a timeout with the ball with 10 seconds left. Out of the timeout, Hamilton ran a pattern of screens to try and get a shot and couldn’t get one up. The clock expired with the score tied at 58. Grand Haven dominated in overtime, taking a four point lead. Hamilton picked up a steal with a minute and a half left in overtime. Jager Haverdink got the ball with a minute left and shot it but it was blocked and Grand Haven won 69-63.
- Logan Zoerhof lead Hamilton in scoring with 18 on 7-17 shooting. He also had 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.
- Owen Worthington lead all players in scoring with 19 on 7-13 shooting. He had 3 steals and fouled out in overtime.
KEY MOMENT: Up by 4 with around a minute to go in OT, Grand Haven picked up another block when they Blocked Jager’s three point attempt. They grabbed the loose ball and knocked down free throws to secure the win.
THEY SAID IT: Nick Kronemeyer after the game when asked about his team’s performance Tuesday night, “We had a 3 and a half week break going into the game and I was very pleased with the steps we took. Grand Haven is a tough team, with size, length and athleticism and we battled with them throughout the game,” Nick said about what they will need to do to be successful moving forward.
“Offensively we are playing fast and confident, and defensively we are improving every day. Going into conference play we are going to have to maximize each day and continue to be confident and we will be right where we want to be at the end of the season.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Hamilton plays Friday, January 10th at home against Holland to open conference play.