by Steve Peterson
Given the style of play at times when Akron-Westfield’s boys’ basketball team ventured to Hinton, it appeared a third football game had been scheduled between the Westerner and the Blackhawks on Nov. 30.
Hinton turned the game in its favor in the second quarter en route for a 66-45 win over the Westerners.
Tavian Banks and Kyle Schroeder shared A-W scoring honors with nine points each. Schroeder pulled down 10 rebounds.
A-W sophomore Joel Brenner added eight points.
Junior Chance Hoffman had seven points and seven rebounds.
Junior Nathan Sanchez had five points and four rebounds.
The two teams combined for 50 fouls, and the Westerners shot 30 free throws.
A-W led 7-4 at the outset.
Hinton led just 19-17 midway through the second quarter. Then the home team went on a 30-5 run over the next 16 minutes of play.
“I was very pleased with the way we came out and played focused in the first 13 minutes. That was much better than against Remsen-St. Marys. But then we went brain dead. Their press got us into a hurry-up offense, and we would come down and take one shot and we’d miss. We have to improve our focus for more minutes,” said A-W Head Coach Jon Harris.
Hinton extended its lead to 59-39 in the fourth quarter. Jason VanderKooi led the home team with 16 points.
Harris said A-W’s leading scorer Schroeder played well as did Kevin Carlson on the inside. “We missed Kevin when he had to come out with a broken nose,” said Harris.
A-W slipped to 0-2 record in non-conference play. War Eagle Conference play began at Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars on Dec. 4. A-W will host Unity Christian on Dec. 7 in league play.
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