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Strong first half gives Hinton boys win over MMC

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Blackhawks almost gave up a comfortable halftime lead against MMC on Friday, but managed to hold on down the stretch, 71-67.

Hinton got off to a good start and was up 12-6 by the end of the first quarter.

They continued to dominate the floor in the second stanza and extended their lead to 33-11 going into halftime.

"I was really pleased with the first half," Hinton coach David May said.

It appeared as if the Blackhawks had already sealed their victory, but the Eagles were not willing to go down without a fight. Fouls sent MMC to the line and and they made seven shots from beyond the arc in the second half.

"They hit some tough shots," May said. "They pressured us a little bit in the second half, pressed full court."

The Eagles outscored Hinton by eight points in the third period, cutting their lead to 56-40.

MMC continued to rally and got within three points in the closing stages of the game, but May's team hit two free throws and got a crucial offensive rebound in the final minute.

A three pointer at the buzzer was not enough for the Eagles to keep Hinton from collecting their ninth win of the season.

"We hung tough," May said.

Sophomore Logan Jurgensmeier led the Blackhawks in scoring with 22 points, followed by Jason Vander Kooi with 18.

Defensively, Jurgensmeier and Vander Kooi had five rebounds each, followed by senior Drew Schlitz with four boards. Senior Morgan Wenzel had five steals.

"He has become more of a go-to guys for us," May said about Jurgensmeier. "We're playing him more minutes now than we were at the beginning of the year. That's helped our offense out a little bit."

The Blackhawks (9-6) will face Sioux City Bishop Heelan (10-7) in a home game on Tuesday.

"Heelan will be a tough matchup for us," May said. "They have more size than we are used to. But they are struggling right now, they lost against Sioux City North and Western Christian on Friday and Saturday. Hopefully they'll get one more loss. But we have to execute and do all things right in order to beat them."

May is confident that his players will have the right attitude going into the matchup.

"They are pretty resilient and a group of tough, hard-nosed kids. They work hard," he said.



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