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Freeds lead Hinton over South O'Brien

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Nate Freed scored 19 - and brother Adam 18 - to lead the Hinton to a 61-52 War Eagle Conference boys basketball victory over South O'Brien Friday in Hinton.

Hinton raced out to leads of 21-12 after one quarter and 33-21 at the half. But with two minutes left in the third, South O'Brien had closed the gap to 39-34. Hinton regrouped to put together a 12-0 run in the next four minutes, and extended its lead to 60-40 halfway through the final quarter. A late rally by the Wolverines proved too little, too late.

"I thought overall we played fairly well," said Blackhawks Coach Phil Skamser. "We only committed eight fouls in the game which kept them off the foul line. Another key factor was our ability to hit some key three's to loosen up the defense inside."

Nate Freed was three of six and Cory Westphal two of three from beyond the arc. The Blackhawks finished five of fifteen from three and 18 of 37 from two.

From the line, Hinton made 15 of 21 while SOS were just one of four. The Wolverines did not shoot a free throw in the second half.

Eli Kroll led the Blackhawks with six boards and five assists while Jamie Smith nabbed four steals.

"I think some of our shooters are starting to find their rhythm," said Skamser. "Nate and Cory both played their most consistent games of the season and our bench gave us some good minutes as well. We are starting to gel a little bit but we know we have some challenges as a team if we want to contend for the conference. With three games this week it will be a good opportunity to work on some things on both ends of the floor."

Hinton (8-2, 4-0) will now host Gehlen Catholic Tuesday.

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