Hinton boys fall to Unity Christian

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

ORANGE CITY — Brothers Braedan and Dylan Bosma combined for 28 points Friday night while leading Unity Christian’s boys basketball team to a 59-37 War Eagle Conference win over Hinton.

Unity Christian, which was coming off Thursday night’s 57-56 victory over Gehlen Catholic, scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters.

Hinton was held to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters. Carson Peirce supplied 16 points, six rebounds and two steals for Hinton (5-5, 2-3 WEC), which dropped its fourth straight game after a 5-1 beginning to the season.

“Unity has a nice, young team,” said Hinton Coach John Spies. “We are just trying to find our way through this losing streak. The kids continue to play hard. Eventually, we will get things going in the right direction if we keep playing hard, which so far we are and I hope it keeps going.”

Before the skid, Hinton had been averaging 59.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting. During the skid, the Blackhawks have averaged 49.7 points while shooting 34.6 percent from the field. Three of those four squads Hinton faced had .500 or better records.

Hinton starts five seniors, including Beau DeRocher, who had nine points and seven rebounds against the Knights while classmate Caden Winters had seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Hinton also features four freshmen and a sophomore who have also received playing time. They and their teammates have an excellent opportunity to get back above .500 beginning on Thursday as they’ll play at Trinity Christian, the first of three opponents with records below .500. Hinton will then host Harris-Lake Park on Friday and will play at Siouxland Christian Saturday.

“We have learned the importance of boxing out and that playing good defense are equally important as offense and shooting the ball,” said Spies. “That is the main thing you have to be able to do at the varsity level or you’re going to struggle.”

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