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Hinton survives Woodbury Central scare

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Hinton's Adam Freed is fouled on a shot attempt in the lane during the Blackhawks' 43-41 win over Woodbury Central Tuesday. Freed had 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the field in helping Hinton improve to 6-1.
(Sentinel photo by Ty Capron)
Woodbury Central's Landon Wright had a tip-in waved off at the buzzer and the Hinton boys basketball team hung on for a 43-41 win in non-conference play Tuesday in Hinton.

The Blackhawks trailed the entire first half, facing deficits of 16-7 after the first quarter and 25-17 at half.

Hinton was without starting point guard Cory Westphal and it took the team awhile to adjust, but the second half belong to the home team. The Blackhawks rallied out of halftime, closing the gap to 37-35 on six straight points from Jamie Smith in the first three minutes of the third quarter.

An Adam Freed basket with 4:15 on the board tied the game 27-27 and at the 2:30 mark, Geoff Fay drained a three-pointer to give the Blackhawks the lead for good at 30-29. Freed converted a three-point play on the next trip down the floor to push the advantage to 33-29 and Hinton entered the fourth holding a 34-30 edge.

Woodbury Central would not go quietly down the stretch as Jeremy Rogers buried a three-pointer at the 4:43 mark to cut Hinton's lead to 36-35. The Blackhawks were unable to pull away and Wright connected on a shot from the free-throw line to tie the score 41-41 with 21 seconds on the board.

The Wildcats were forced to foul and Nate Freed was true on a pair of free throws to give Hinton a 43-41 lead with 5.9 seconds remaining. Woodbury Central triggered a long shot that was off and Wright's tip-in off the miss came just after the final buzzer sounded.

"We were very relieved," said Hinton Coach Phil Skamser after Wright's shot was waved off. "But I give our guys credit for the way they fought. We didn't get our heads down when we were trailing."

Westphal's absence made a difference, but Skamser said that his club lacked intensity and that - more than anything - led to the early deficit.

"Defensively and offensively we lacked some intensity and confidence," said Skamser. "They were collapsing inside and we were hesitant shooting some threes."

Hinton finished the night just 3 of 14 from beyond the arc, but had a big lift from Adam Freed inside. Freed scored a team-high 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line. He also had nine rebounds, while Eli Kroll added four boards.

Nate Freed contributed 10 points, four rebounds and four assists and Fay had three steals.

Hinton (6-1) will look to remain undefeated in the War Eagle Conference when it takes on Gehlen Catholic in the final game before winter break Friday night in Le Mars.

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