Kingsley-Pierson boys score season high against Hinton

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Kingsley-Pierson’s Boston Doeschot puts up a shot in Monday’s win over Hinton. He was one of four players on the team to finish in double digits, leading the team with 17 points.

KINGSLEY — The Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team put together their best offensive output of the season in a 67-48 win over Hinton in non-conference action on Monday.

The Panthers finished with four players in double digits in the win. Boston Doeschot led the scoring with 17 points, one more than Beau Goodwin. Evan Neumann added 15 and Conner Beelner came alive in the second half where he scored all 12 of his points.

“You can’t draw it up any better than that,” K-P Head Coach Lance Howe said of his team showing the balance of four players in double figures. He added that the team’s other starter, Derek Reinking, shouldn’t be forgotten either with the contributions he made.

“Derek Reinking’s never probably going to get the kudos in the box score because of the points, but that guy’s a big guy out there setting screens and doing a lot of the dirty work that never hits the papers, so as many points as you said there, Derek does a lot of stuff that we need and he does it well,” Howe said as Reinking chipped in two points.

For Hinton, the scoring output was their second lowest of the season, ahead of only the 30 point output the team had against a ranked Remsen St. Mary’s team.

“We just didn’t make enough buckets tonight,” Hinton Head Coach John Spies said. “They played pretty good D. It seemed like the shots we took were fairly contested. That’s to their credit. The boys did what we asked them to do which is try to get to the rim and we took some threes, didn’t make as many as we sometimes do. We’ve been shooting the three pretty good, but just didn’t get them to fall tonight.”

Hinton’s top scorer on the season, Carson Peirce, was held scoreless through the first half before scoring 14 points in the second half to end up leading the team.

“We actually played better in the first half offensively. Not that that means Carson shouldn’t score, but I think just spreading the wealth is good for us,” Spies said. “When we were in scramble mode, Carson’s good at scramble mode, so that’s probably why he scored some points in the second half.”

Without any points from Peirce in the first half, the Blackhawks turned to a few others to keep them competitive through the first quarter as they trailed by just two after the first eight minutes. Kyle Leary, who finished with 11 points, and Caden Winters, who scored eight for the game, had early baskets for the team.

Dylan Cobb added some makes from 3-point range which gave the Blackhawks the lead in the second quarter as he hit back-to-back attempts to begin the frame to go along with one in the first quarter to give him nine points for the game.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Hinton’s Dylan Cobb makes a 3-pointer in Monday’s game. His back-to-back treys gave the Blackhawks the lead to begin the second quarter. He finished with three triples for nine points in the game.

“Yeah he hit threes right in our face and it’s hard to chase the three ball, but we just said stay constant and if they keep shooting that way, we’ll change the defense, but just give it time,” Howe said. “We settled in and it worked out for us. Our defense can be tough. We’re long and lanky and quick so that can be tough to play against.”

After a Winters layup capped off an 8-0 run to begin the second quarter for the Blackhawks and led to a timeout from the Panthers trailing 19-13, the momentum went the other direction over the next four minutes.

Beau Goodwin got the Panthers their first points of the second quarter over three minutes into the frame. Doeschot followed with a bucket and Landon Howe got his only basket of the night next. Doeschot scored the next five points with a mid-range shot and then 3-pointer finding the bottom of the net which led to a Hinton timeout with K-P now in front 24-19. Goodwin added one more bucket to cap off the 13-0 run after the timeout before Will Hagestrom got Hinton back on the board one more time right before the intermission.

“Us getting that lead with that 13-0 run gave us some confidence and kind of led the path of what we needed to do in the second half of value the ball and everything will be okay,” Howe said.

The Panthers built up their lead to double digits by the 5:00 mark of the third quarter and maintained an advantage of around 10-15 points the rest of the contest until the team stretched the final margin to 19 points with some late free throws.

Howe said it was good to see the team score their season high as finding more consistency in that area has been something they have been working on.

“Defensively, we’ve been a pretty strong unit all year and that’s staying and that’s our main point, but offensively we’re a lot better when we’re not throwing it to the other team,” Howe said. “I think we’ve watched a lot of film on good teams that have either beat us or are good teams in the state and they value the ball. We’re stressing that, keep working the ball on offense and something will crack and our boys are buying into that.”

Kingsley-Pierson improved to 7-4 with the win. Hinton fell to 5-3 with the loss.

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