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Lynnville-Sully Hawks are back 2 back statebound (Hometown Press article)

posted Mar 5, 2018, 9:50 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Lynnville-Sully Hawks are back 2 back statebound

The fourth-ranked Lynnville-Sully boys basketball team outlasted No. 13-ranked Iowa Mennonite’s second-half, 30-point barrage to claim a 51-48 Class 1A substate victory at Oskaloosa High School on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Hawks will play in the state tournament on Monday, Mar. 5, at 2:45 p.m. versus Remsen St. Mary’s in Wells Fargo Arena.

The only thing standing between the Lynnville-Sully boys and a trip to the Well for the second year in a row was Iowa Mennonite School on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Hawks traveled to Oskaloosa to compete for their third time in four days. The boys fought hard down to the last second and punched themselves a very well-earned ticket to state.

The L-S coaches, bench, and crowd erupt as the final buzzer rings with the Hawks ahead in the state-qualifying victory on Saturday, Feb. 24.

L-S came out fast and furious, scoring on one of the first plays. IMS quickly formed a press to try to slow down the Hawks’ fast-paced game. L-S was able to break through the pressure, which led to some open baskets. The Hawks led at the end of the first quarter, 17-9. They were able to grow their lead in the second quarter while playing stellar defense and went into halftime up 36-18.

The second half was a different story. IMS switched to a zone defense, which slowed the pace and certainly affected the L-S offense. IMS slowly chipped away at the Hawks’ 18-point lead, helped out by better shooting from IMS and a few costly turn-overs. This brought IMS to within five points. The Hawks worked as a team and cashed in on their free-throw attempts to arrive at a 52-48 victory and a chance to play at the state tournament.

"It's amazing what a group of guys can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit. It was a special night to be a Hawk!" commented L-S Coach Nick Harthoorn. "I am proud of these boys for fighting through three games in four days."

Senior Brevin Hansen saves the ball from going out of bounds while coach Nick Harthoorn calls a timeout.

Senior Jesse Van Wyk led in scoring with 15 points. Fellow senior Corey McCoy put up 11 points, and classmate Tanner Foster fin-ished the night with 10. Junior Rylan James had eight points, and junior Tyson Vander Linden had six, all from three-pointers.

Van Wyk also led in rebounds and assists with eight and six, respectively. The Hawks had 27 total rebounds on the night.

Van Wyk also led the team with three blocks, and Foster contributed with two.

“We came out strong in the first half by getting easy layups in their man defense,” Van Wyk said. “In the second half, they went zone, and our offense stalled and couldn’t get the shots we wanted. We came together as a team in the end when they made their run to make it a three-point game with nine seconds left.”

Senior Tanner Foster blocks an IMS shot.