Hawks hold Hinton to season low in points to win 11th straight
REMSEN — It was the fewest points allowed by Remsen St. Mary’s and the fewest points scored by Hinton so far this season as the Hawks move to 11-0 with a 68-29 win.
“Anytime you hold a team to 29 points, you’re playing good defense,” RSM Head Coach Scott Ruden said. “I thought the press helped us. We started a bit slow, weren’t attacking the rim. We went into the press and I thought that got us going a bit, got the motors going and we got some layups out of it, then things started clicking.”
It was a bit of a sluggish start for RSM, trailing 5-0 a few minutes in before taking a modest two possession lead by the end of the first quarter. From there the Hawks turned up the heat on defense and began with an 8-0 run that lasted over half of the second quarter.
It was a similar start to the second half by the Hawks as they started the half by scoring 10 unanswered points before Tate Kounkel ended the drought at the free-throw line. In fact, Kounkel provided the only offense for the team in the second half until 3:28 in the fourth quarter when Braden Vonk connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing. Free throws from Bryley Burgad and Fletcher Farrer constituted the only other points in the second half, a span that saw the Blackhawks held to just 12 points. Kounkel had seven of the second half points and ended with 11 for the game.
RSM missed several free throws, including many that could have started the running clock in the third quarter, an area Coach Ruden wants to see improvement in. He was pleased though with another night of balanced scoring.
Five players reached double figures for the team with Spencer Schorg the top player with 16 points. Carter Kuchel and Nicholas Ruden each ended with 12 points. Kuchel added five rebounds, three assists and three steals while Ruden had seven rebounds.
Brody Ricke and Derrick Schorg each concluded with 11 points with Schorg also having eight rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Remsen St. Mary’s begins a long road stint with a rivalry meeting at Gehlen Catholic on Friday.
“It’s always a battle between us,” Ruden said. “It doesn’t matter who’s good or who isn’t good, it’s always a battle. It’ll be a tough one I think. They’re playing better basketball and getting healthy. It’ll be a good one Friday night.”
Hinton (2-9) concludes a three game road trip with a stop at Akron-Westfield on Friday.
|Hinton||10 7 5 7 29|
|RSM||16 19 19 14 68|
Hinton: Points- Kounkel 11, Linton 6, Vonk 3, Gengler 3, Brock 2, Kirwan 2, Farrer 1, Burgad 1;
RSM: Points- S. Schorg 16, Kuchel 12, N. Ruden 12, Ricke 11, D. Schorg 11, Z. Ruden 2, Harpenau 2, Waldschmitt 2