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Second half of season starts with a ‘W’ for L-S boys (Hometown Press article)

posted Jan 11, 2018, 5:57 PM by Shane Ehresman

The Lynnville-Sully boys basketball team started off the second half of their season strong after a swift win over 0-11 English Valleys on Friday, Jan. 5.

A strong start was a key component in the Hawks’ 79-16 win as they entered into the second quarter leading 36-3. Soon after, they initiated continuous clock and quickly arrived at their victory.

Senior Jesse Van Wyk led with 21 points and shot an impressive .900 for the game. Juniors Grant Wehrle and Tyson Vander Linden and sophomore Blaize Kuhlmann each chipped in six points. Junior Rylan James had four blocks. Hansen contributed four of the Hawks’ 22 steals along with 14 points.

"The guys did a nice job defensively," said L-S Head Coach Nick Harthoorn. "We were able to create a lot of turnovers, which resulted in easy baskets."

The Hawks took care of the ball, limiting turnovers to 12. They also shot 50 percent from the three-point arc and made 14 of 19 free throws.

"The boys did a good job sharing the basketball offensively," commented Harthoorn. "It was good to see everyone contribute to the win."

Senior Corey McCoy grabs the ball from an EV player.

The 9-1 Hawks were set to host Iowa Valley (3-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 9, and will also play host to Grand View Christian this Friday, Jan. 12. The Hawks will need to be at the top of their game on Friday as GVC, 10-0, is one of the top teams in Class 1A this season.

Senior Jesse Van Wyk gets past his English Valleys opponent as he goes up strong for a shot at the hoop, Van Wyk accumulated 21 pointes in the win.