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L-S boys pull off the ‘W’ over C-M, dominate HLV (Hometown Press article)

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:15 PM by Shane Ehresman

The Lynnville-Sully boys maintained their perfect 14-0 conference record with a couple of wins last week.

The week started on the road at  Colfax-Mingo where the Hawks earned a hard-fought 65-57 victory. L-S came out and scored a quick 21 points in the  first quarter and held C-M to just 10. However, the Tigerhawks fought back and kept the Hawks on their toes. Going into half-time, the Hawks were only up 34-30. The third quarter was back and forth, and in the fourth quarter, L-S pulled away just enough to escape with a victory and undefeated SICL record.

“We struggled early on during the game,” said senior Jesse Van Wyk. “We had guys in foul trouble, causing us to go deep into our bench. They threw many different defenses at us, trying to confuse us. Eventually during the third and fourth quarter, we pulled away because we were able to get defensive stops. We didn’t play very good, but we came together as a team and won.”

Senior Jesse Van Wyk uses his ups to get a shot off over the extended arms of his Colfax-Mingo opponent.

The Hawks hit a lot of shots and had three guys score over 10. The Hawks shot 43 percent on the night, making 23 of their 54 shots. L-S made only six of 25 threes, but they shot 68 percent from the free-throw line, making 13 of 19. Senior Tanner Foster had 16 points and junior Rylan James had 15. Van Wyk had 13 points. Senior Brevin Hansen and junior Tyson Vander Linden had nine points each.

Hansen led the team in rebounds with eight. James and Van Wyk had seven a piece. Hansen and Vander Linden each had five assists. Hansen collected four steals on the night.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said L-S Head Coach Nick Harthoorn. “I liked how the boys responded in the fourth quarter. Colfax threw a lot at us tonight, and the boys found a way to get it done.”

Later in the week, the boys were on the road again, this time to Victor to take on the Warriors of HLV on Friday. The Warriors entered the game with a 6-9 record and were looking to end their five-game losing streak. At first it looked as though they would have a good chance at hanging around as the first quarter ended with a 15-13 score in the Hawks’ favor. From there, the Hawks took control of the game and won by a score of 83-53. The Hawks moved to 14-3 on the season.

“We got off to a slow start, but got it going in the second quarter,” said Coach Harthoorn. “It was neat to see six guys reach double figures in scoring. There were a few things we could work on to shore up defensively. Hopefully, we can address those in practice and continue to get better.”

Unguarded junior Tyson Vander Linden puts up two points at HLV last Friday.