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Jamboree gives L-S boys a look at area competition (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 1, 2017, 8:11 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

Jamboree gives L-S boys a look at area competition

In the midst of Thanksgiving break, the Lynnville-Sully boys basketball team traveled to Montezuma to take on BCLUW (Conrad) in a jamboree-style game. The Hawks struggled to find their groove at points on the day after Thanksgiving, but still came out on top, 31-26. Since it was a jamboree, only one half of basketball was played.

This unofficial half-game was the Hawks’ first public appearance of the 2017-18 season.

“It was fun to get on the court and get things started,” said L-S Head Coach Nick Harthoorn. “We did some good things, but we also found a few things to work on. Defensively, we were able to turn them over and get a few easy baskets.”

Junior Tyson Vander Linden
controls the ball at the Montezuma Jamboree on Friday, Nov. 24. Vander Linden scored four points in the half-game versus the BCLUW Comets.

Early in the first quarter, the Hawks were in a dog fight, with both teams trading baskets back and forth. The Comets were able to stick around by out-rebounding the Hawks 22-10 in the game. BCLUW was also able to get to the free throw line six times, but only made six of 12 shots. Eventually, the Hawks got a comfortable lead and were able to hold off a Comet comeback.

The Hawks were led by senior Brevin Hansen with seven points. Sophomore guard Bray Noun Harder scored five points. The offensive attack was well balanced with six other L-S players contri-buting to points also: Senior Drake Ehresman (four), junior Tyson Van-der Linden (four), senior Tanner Foster (four), senior Corey McCoy (three), senior Jesse Van Wyk (two), and junior Rylan James (two).

McCoy and Van Wyk led the team with two rebounds each.

“It was fun getting back on the court with the guys,” said Foster. “We were able to play everyone on Friday, which rarely happens. We have many guys on this team that can make plays, and we were able to see what everyone brings to the table this year.”

The Comets were led by senior Logan Mann with 11 points. Mann also led the Comets with eight rebounds.

“We struggled as a team to stop their offensive attack. We let them get to the foul line too much. As a team, we can learn a lot from Friday’s Jamboree,” said Hansen.

The Hawks were set to host the Montezuma Braves on Tuesday night, Nov. 28, for their first regular season game of the year. The Braves lost their whole starting lineup from last year and won’t have much experience with them this year.

Next on the schedule is a road game at North Mahaska on Friday, Dec. 1, and another road game on Saturday at East Marshall.

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