The Hinton boys basketball team survived a valiant Gehlen Catholic comeback bid to win in overtime on Monday by the score of 51-45.
The Blackhawks jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game that allowed them to lead for the majority of the game. Hinton head coach John Spies says it was the perfect storm that allowed them to lead big early.
After jumping out to the lead, both teams struggled to get into any kind of consistent offensive rhythm. The Blackhawks shot just 37% from the field and struggled to score late in the third and early in the fourth. That allowed Gehlen to claw back from down 35-17 to send the game to overtime. Coach Spies also says shooting 62% from the free throw line had its impact on the game.
The Blackhawks got a spark right away to open the overtime frame as Kaden Barrett took a quick inbound pass and made a basket with a free throw on top of it. After that, Hinton never trailed in overtime on their way to their fourth win in a row. Coach Spies says he knows any of his guys can make plays like that when it is needed.
The Blackhawks have run with a roster of nine that has no seniors and just two juniors all season. Coach Spies says a win like this shows that they are not really as young as they seem anymore and are starting to grow in the sport of basketball.
Hinton improved to 11-7 led by Logan Kempema’s near double-double of 15 points and nine rebounds. Gabe Wiltgen scored 13 to lead the Jays who fall to 7-11 on the season.