By: Joshua Williams
WHAT HAPPENED: The Hamilton boys basketball team fell one point short Friday night against Holland 56-55. Hamilton had the lead at the end of one 12-9. Holland’s Anders Rasmussan heated up in the second quarter, leading Holland to a 34-30 halftime lead. Hamilton came roaring back in the third quarter to take a 45-41 lead. In the fourth quarter, Hamilton’s Brody DeWitt picked up foul number five sending him to the bench for the rest of the game, and Anders heated back up. Holland took a one point lead into the final minute. Holland missed two free throws and Hamilton took a timeout with 11 seconds to go. Andrew Helder attempted a three from the corner as time expired and couldn’t get it to fall.
- Brody DeWitt lead Hamilton in scoring with 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.
- Anders Rasmussan lead all players with 24 on 6-11 from 3-point land.
WHAT THEY SAID: “Brody has struggled with foul trouble all season and that has been big for us as he makes us better when he is in the game. He will improve on this as we go forward.” said coach Kronemeyer.
“Anders made shots. We knew coming into the game we could not let him get going and he did exactly that. Once he made a couple shots, Holland started believing a little bit and it raised their level of play.”
“My message to the team is the same message as it will always be. Our team goals are to win the next game and play our best basketball at the end of the year. Losses hurt, but they do not mean that much in the grand scheme of our season. We will continue to put our heads down and work each day so we can be the team we want to be at the end of the year when it matters the most.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Hamilton plays Friday January 17th at home against Zeeland East in search of the Hawkeyes first win in conference play.