In Hiland’s 58-53 win over West Holmes here are five keys to how the Hawks came out of the Dungeon with the five point victory.
1. 9-for-16. That’s 56.2 percent for the Hawks from downtown. Hiland was led by our Troy Miller Agency Player of the Week, Collin Blochlinger, who nailed four treys and had a team-high 16 points. The usual high-flyer rocked the 3-pointer instead of the rim against the Knights. Triple threat Austin Mast, sophomore Turner Horn and lightning-fast point guard Chris Kline each had a bomb and the smooth Eric Miller had two.
2. 21-20. The Knights out-rebounded the Hawks by just one board, thanks to senior Brennan Coil’s glass work for the Hawks. Coil pulled down nine rebounds, three offensive, rising up amongst the trees in the lane to bring the ball down, secure it and get it to a guard.
3. Balance. Hiland’s scoring column was filled up with efforts from several Hawks. Blochlinger led the way with 16 and Kline dropped in 11 points. Miller finished with eight points and both Horn and Coil added seven points apiece. The Hawks will need to repeat that effort with rival Garaway coming to the Reese Center on Friday, Feb. 6.
4. The Runs. It’s a game of them and Hiland had three big stretches. A 7-0 run the first quarter, a 13-0 run between the second and third quarter and another late 7-0 run that made its lead stand up. The 13-0 run started late in the second period and carried over into the third.
5. Ice In The Veins. The Hawks shot 10 more free-throws than West Holmes and five of those were makes within the last minute. Junior Brady Schlabach was responsible for four clutch tallies from the charity stripe, showing some pivotal calmness in the showdown of Holmes County.