Hinton improved its boys basketball record to 11-2 with two impressive wins on consecutive nights this weekend.
Friday the Panthers got a 24-point performance from Adam Freed to defeat War Eagle Conference rival Spalding Catholic 69-33 in Granville. Cory Westphal added 13 and Josh Vander Plaats 11 for the Panthers, who had eight players in the score book. Ethan Shuber led Spalding with nine.
Eli Kroll brought down 13 boards for Hinton, while Freed nabbed 12.
Hinton had 23 steals in the contest, led by Nate Freed with six. Dustin Kruse and Cory Westphal had three each. Westphal led the Panthers with five assists.
"Even though we got ahead, I wanted to keep the same approach and not play sloppy," said Hinton Coach Phil Skamser. "Sometimes when you get a big lead you get careless. Keeping our focus helped save our legs for the Saturday game."
That turned out to be sage advice as the Panthers got another big performance from the Freed brothers to rout Elk Point-Jefferson 73-56 in the Dakota Valley Classic at North Sioux City SD Saturday.
Nate Freed nailed seven of 11 from three-point range to lead the Panthers' scoring attack with 26. Brother Adam shot seven of nine from the field and seven of eight from the line to toss in 21. Michael Strassburg led EP-J with 21 and Curt Truhe added 15.
Kruse brought down six boards and Nate Freed nabbed five. Westphal also nabbed five steals.
Hinton took control of the game early, mounting a 23-11 lead after one. EP-J trimmed the lead to 34-25 at the half but a 28-5 burst by the Panthers in the third quarter sealed the contest.
Hinton tied a school record, shooting 20 of 31 from two-point range and eight of 14 from three. The Panthers also set a season record in assists with 25. Westphal led the team with six and Kroll added five.
"You never know how it's going to go two nights in a row," said Skamser. "We were very consistent."
The Panthers have a tough week, traveling to WEC rival Sgt. Bluff-Luton for a match-up tonight.
Friday Hinton hosts WEC foe West Sioux, who handed the team its last defeat Jan. 9 in Hawarden.