A late comeback by Hinton fell just short as Western Christian squeaked by the Blackhawks 59-57 in the District 2A Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday in Inwood.
Western Christian established the momentum early in the contest, leading 13-10 after one and extending its lead to 33-26 at the half and 52-45 after three. Hinton made its run in the final quarter, and an Adam Freed layup with a minute and a half left tied the game. W-C's Jeremy Zeutenhorst ws fouled underneath the basket on the ensuing possession with just under a minute remaining and landed both his free shots. Nate Freed's driving shot in the paint on Hinton's next possession was blocked, and Hinton was called for travelling on the rebound with two seconds left on the clock. W-C threw the ball into its own court to end the game.
Adam Freed scored 22 to lead Hinton while Nate Freed had 16, Dustin Kruse nine and Eli Kroll eight. Adam also brought down 12 boards and Kroll had eight. Kroll and Cory Westphal had four assists each. Zeutenhorst led W-C with 18 while Kevin Fopma's 12 were all from three-pointers. Joel Gesink and Trevor Wolterstorff each added ten.
While Hinton maintained its season average of fifty percent shooting in the game, the most telling statistic was turnovers as Hinton committed 19.
"They were lost-concentration-type turnovers," said Skamser. "We gypped ourselves out of some extra possessions with those. Against a team like Western Christian you can't do that."
Despite the loss, Skamser is very pleased with the performance of his team this year and wishes to extend a special thank you to his seniors.
"We have four seniors - Geoff Fay, Jamie Smith, Joel Vondrak and Adam Freed," said Skamser. "I want everyone to know how much I appreciate their effort."
The Blackhawks finish the season at 18-5 with the loss.