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Hawk boys blast BGM, slip past Rockets (Hometown Press article)

posted Feb 11, 2018, 9:00 PM by Shane Ehresman

In their second meeting of the season, the Lynnville-Sully boys made quick work of BGM and won by over 30 points, 75-42, on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

“I thought our energy and effort was good tonight,” said L-S Head Coach Nick Harthoorn. “We made a nice run in the second quarter. The boys did a good job of getting to the free-throw line and converting.”

Specifically, converting at the free-throw line meant L-S made 16 of its 18 free throws (89 percent).

The Hawks outscored BGM right away in the first quarter, 18-12. At the half, L-S had extended the lead to 21 points, 41-20. In the third quarter, the L-S boys continued their pace, outscoring BGM by another 14 points. BGM outscored the Hawks in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough.

“We started off the game at a good pace, which helped us to keep a strong lead throughout the entire game. We played good defense, which in turn, led to us playing good offense,” said senior Jesse Van Wyk.

Senior Brevin Hansen had a solid game, leading the team with 20 points. Senior Tanner Foster was the second highest scorer with 13 points, and Van Wyk was next with 12 points. Sophomore Bray Noun Harder also contributed nine points for the team. Junior Rylan James put up six for the Hawks. Junior Tyson Vander Linden scored five points with an impressive eight assists.

Using his ups and his height, senior Tanner Foster get off a shot against E-B-F. He was the top scorer with 15 points.

Altogether, the team had 36 rebounds and 20 assists.

“We came into the game scoring right away,” Foster said. “We found easy ways to the basket, which allowed us to create a big lead. We managed to keep that lead during the entire game.”

The Hawks had a much more challenging foe just a few days later when they hosted Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Friday. L-S edged past the Rockets, 55-53.

“The guys fought hard defensively,” noted Harthoorn. “Eddyville is a strong, athletic team that made it difficult for us to score, but the guys found a way to get it done.”

Foster and Van Wyk put up the most points for L-S with 15 and 11 points respectively. Vander Linden racked up nine points, and four other Hawks scored in the game.

The top rebound-er was Van Wyk with nine, followed by James with seven and Foster with five.

It’s no surprise that with such a close game, the Hawks and the Rockets had fairly even stats across the board. L-S did make quite a few more free throws, however, connect-ing on 17 of 24 while E-B-F made seven of 13.

Senior Kemper Lukehart reaches up for a shot against BGM.