Late rally comes up short as Hamilton boys suffer first loss
Hamilton made 17 field goals inside the 3-point arc as compared to 12 for Holland Christian during this OK Green boys’ basketball contest on Saturday, Jan. 10.
Outside the 3-point arc was a different story.
The Hawkeyes connected on two triples, while the Maroons knocked down seven to hand Hamilton the 61-54 loss.
The visitors from Holland also scored two more free throws, 16-14, than Hamilton in handing the host team its first loss after opening the season with four straight wins.
“We battled and fought hard but we needed to find a way to finish,” said Hamilton second-year coach Brant Haverdink.
It was the conference opener for both teams.
“Coach told us (after the game in the locker room) this was only our first conference game and we can still win conference and we can still beat (Holland Christian) the next time we play,” said senior Hamilton guard Evan Woodke, one of four Hawkeyes to score in double figures with 13 points.
Senior Colton Becksvoort joined Woodke in double digits with a team-high 14 points, while senior Grant Wolfram went for 12 and senior Brady Mudd added 10.
“We had good balanced scoring,” Haverdink said. “We just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Woodke made Hamilton’s first three baskets of the game, all from 2-point land.
“I was feeling it,” Woodke said. “We played tough and really wanted it.”
One of the keys to Holland Christian’s triumph was the play of its burly 240-pound. 6-foot-7 center Sam VanderSluis, who dropped in 20 points.
“He’s a wide body,” Woodke said. “He made our bigs look small.”
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