The Gehlen Catholic and Hinton boys duked it out in a well-fought matchup with Gehlen coming away with a 78-61 victory on Friday night in Hinton.
Before the holidays, Gehlen Catholic took a tough home loss to Remsen St. Mary’s that left a sour taste in their mouth. Tuesday’s matchup was postponed meaning Friday was their first game back from break. They were ready to go as they jumped out to a 19-2 lead after one quarter. Head Coach Mike Langel says it was like releasing a caged animal when he put his guys on the court.
The Gehlen Catholic offense clicked in many ways getting good looks inside. The result of that was shooting 29 free throws in the game and making 25 of them. Coach Langel says this has been a point of emphasis and the team has bought in.
This game ended up being a testing grounds for some things that Coach Langel wants to use down the stretch. One of those things was figuring out some new players to add to the regular rotation. Coach Langel says that will be important with a big stretch filled with a lot of games coming up.
The Jays are 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the War Eagle Conference after the win. With that busy schedule, it is important for the Jays to take advantage of every opportunity from here on out. Coach Langel says that means the Jays have to be ready to go no matter the opponent.
Keaten Bonderson led the Gehlen offense with 21 points. Hinton falls to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the War Eagle Conference. Carson Pierce put up 24 points for the Blackhawks in the loss.