By Lisa Hughes
The Hawks boys basketball team suffered two losses at the hands of the Hyannis Longhorns and the Little Wound Mustangs last week, but earned their fourth victory of the season in a nail biter against the Edgemont Moguls.
On a blustering Tuesday night, the Hawks’ engines seemed to be running cold when they stepped on the floor in Hyannis. The Longhorns jumped out to an 18-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Hawks had their best quarter offensively in the game in the second quarter, but still trailed 30-18 at the half.
The third quarter was also a cold one for the Hawks as the Longhorns outscored them 16-6 in the third, and the Hawks trailed 46-24 with eight minutes left to play. The Longhorns went on to outscore the Hawks 14-11 in the final period for the 60-39 win.
The Hawks finished with two players in double figures led by Regg Strotheide with 12 and Seth Nowak 10. The Longhorns also had two players in double figures led by Travis Hoover with 21. Gabe Haney added 10.
HS 2 16 6 11 ---39
HY 18 12 16 14 ---60
Box Score: Regg Strotheide 12, Seth Nowak 10, Jordan Encinia 7, Matt Hessler 4, Nate Letcher 4, Eli Badje 2.
The small but scrappy Hawks squad found themselves outmatched Thursday night at home against the powerful offense of the Little Wound Mustangs. The Mustangs shot themselves to a 44-9 lead the half after putting 22 points on the board in each of the first two quarters.
The Hawks had a better second half, putting thirty on the scoreboard, but the Mustangs’ lead was insurmountable and they rolled to a 69-39 victory.
The Hawks had a great game from the freethrow line, hitting 12 of 16 for the game. Regg Strotheide again led the Hawks with 10 points. The Mustangs were led by Cody Young Bear with 11.
HS 2 7 12 18 ----39
LW 22 22 15 10 ---69
Box Score: Regg Strotheide 10, Jordan Encinia 8, Matt Hessler 7, Dylan Parker 5, Seth Nowak 4, Nate Letcher 3, Eli Badje 2.
Saturday night, the Hawks picked up their fourth victory of the season with a heart stopping 35-33 win over the Edgemont Moguls. The Hawks had lost to the Moguls in the conference tournament approximately two weeks ago. The Moguls Treg Schaack hit back to back treys to open the game and give the Moguls a quick 6-0 lead before the Hawks settled in and bounced back to hold an 8-6 lead after one quarter.
The two teams played pretty even throughout the second quarter, but two big play buckets at the end of the quarter left the Hawks trailing 21-17 at the half. The third quarter was the difference maker for the Hawks, as they outscored the Moguls 10-4 in the quarter to hold a two point advantage with one quarter to play.
The Hawks built a six point lead and held tight to that lead until the last couple minutes of the game when the Moguls rattled the Hawks and scored on a couple of quick steals to cut the lead back to two points. A turnover by the Hawks gave the Moguls a shot at a last second win with 10 seconds left on the clock, but a time-out by the Moguls head coach negated a banked in three point attempt by the Moguls that would’ve given them a one point lead with time running out.
Following the time-out, the Moguls got two more attempts at a game winning three pointer, but each attempt failed and the Hawks held on for the 35-33 win.
Regg Strotheide led the Hawks with 14. Jordan Encinia added 10. The Moguls were led by Treg Schaack and Lathen Stevens with 8 each. The Hawks will travel to Crawford on Thursday and host Garden County on Saturday.
HS 8 9 10 8 ---35
ED 6 15 4 8 ---33
Box Score: Regg Strotheide 14, Jordan Encinia 10, Matt Hessler 9, Nate Letcher 2.