The Remsen St. Mary’s and Gehlen Catholic boys basketball teams added another chapter into their strong rivalry on the hardwood. This chapter ended with the Hawks coming out on top by a score of 62-40 on Tuesday night.
The Hawks and Jays were evenly matched in the first half with the score being 28-22 in favor of Remsen St. Mary’s. Remsen St. Mary’s co-head coach Justin Ruden says his guys deviated from the gameplan in the first half which kept things interesting.
As the teams came out of the locker room for the second half, things changed quickly. Remsen St. Mary’s went on a 12-0 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter growing their lead to 18 points. Gehlen Catholic head coach Ryan Wiltgen says the Hawks went down low more which gave his guys some trouble.
The Hawks utilized both Collin Homan and Sam Schmillen who combined for 35 points in the win. Coach Ruden says Schmillen’s game continues to improve as he shows some confidence in what he can do on the court.
Remsen St. Mary’s was aggressively attacking the hoop for most of the night getting to the free throw line 16 times and converting on 15 of those attempts. Coach Ruden says it was a whole team effort to not only get to the line but make those shots as well.
Coach Wiltgen says his guys were getting beat with poor positioning too many times which put them in scenarios where they fouled late.
The Jays head into the Christmas break with a 4-5 record overall and 3-2 in the War Eagle Conference. Coach Wiltgen hopes the loss to Remsen St. Mary’s hammers home the importance of some of the little things that are stressed in practice.
The Hawks are 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the War Eagle Conference heading into the holidays. Coach Ruden says he is looking forward to the challenge of testing his guys with four games in six days once they come back to action.
Collin Homan led all scorers in the game with 20 points for Remsen St. Mary’s.