A rematch with the Bowman County Bulldogs was going to be a battle to earn a spot in the regional tournament. Posted Feb. 20, 2013
The teams played on Feb. 1, with Bowman winning the game 58-56 in a game that was close all the way through.
The regional-qualifier would be the same for most of the game. The Night Hawks used a strong performance by freshman Hayden Sadowsky and the strength of Stephen Kristy to pull away late for a 60-45 win and a spot in the regional tournament on Monday against #1 rated Beulah.
The final score doesn’t indicate just how close the game was. The Night Hawks led by one at the end of the first quarter 15-14 and again at halftime 24-23 on a last second layup by Kye Erickson.
The third quarter saw the Night Hawks outscore the Bulldogs 16-14 for a 40-37 lead.
Up to that point the Hawks had scratched out a six-point lead, three separate times. Each time the Bulldogs would answer.
The Night Hawks stretched the lead to five to start the quarter on a Stephen Kristy basket and led by five again on a basket by Brandon Pierce, 44-39.
The Bulldogs again answered scoring the next four points to pull within 44-43 with 5:34 left in the game.
The Night Hawks called timeout and came out ready to seal the game. Using a 16-2 run to the end the game the boys answered in a big way. Tanner Stippich hit a three followed by a Kristy basket inside to stretch it back out to six points 49-43. After each team missed a shot Hayden Sadowsky hit a three-pointer to go up 52-43.
Bowman would score their last points of the season on a Brandon Fischer basket with 2:47 to go in the game and cut the lead back to seven points.
From there it was a parade to the free throw line for the Night Hawks as Sadowsky and Pierce combined to make five of six shots.
Sadowsky and Kye Erickson would finish the scoring with a field goal and Erickson’s free throw for the final margin.
The Night Hawks qualify for their first regional tournament under the new co-op and will play the # 1 and undefeated Beulah Miners at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. They hope that many of you can make it up for the game. The last game they played was a 13-point loss and the boys are planning to make this one memorable.
Night Hawks lose first district game
If most coaches were asked if they would prefer a hot start and a big early lead they would take it, but they all know a big early lead can only lead to two things – a blowout win or a letdown for the rest of the game.
The young Night Hawks found out what the latter felt like as they wasted an 18-3 first quarter lead on their way to dropping the first district tournament game 50-43 to the New England Tigers.
Damon Mellmer came out blazing hot, hitting two three-pointers in the first minutes of the game to spark the Hawks.
Tanner Stippich was also hot adding a three-pointer of his own. The Night Hawks finished the first quarter up 20-8. New England started chipping away from there.
Using quarter scores of 11-7 and 12-5 the comeback attempt was set. By the end of the third quarter the Tigers had clawed back and trailed by only one point – 32-31.
Once they had claimed the momentum the Night Hawks could never get it back.
Nobody was particularly aggressive for the Hawks and the Tigers did a great job of blanketing center Stephen Kristy, holding him to a season low five points. Even with Mellmers career high of 17 points and making 5 of 9 three pointers the Night Hawks couldn’t hold off the Tigers.
Tanner Stippich added 11 points and made 3 of 5 three-pointers in the loss. Hayden Sadowsky added 6, Christian Kilwein 2, and Kye Erickson 2 rounded out the scoring.
Hawks hang with top-ranked Beulah
Some games in a season are games that a team thinks they can win and some games are ones that teams hope they can win. Hettinger-Scranton traveled to Beulah for a matchup with the number one-rated and undefeated Beulah Miners.
This would be a game the Night Hawks would call a measuring stick game. The goal, to see how good the Hawks could play and how far they needed to improve.
The Miners jumped on the Night Hawks from the start scoring the first six points of the game and leading 14-2 before the Night Hawks got going.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Stephen Kristy and a basket at the buzzer by Tanner Stippich trimmed the score to 18-7 at the end of the quarter.
Once they figured out a few things the Night Hawks played inspired basketball. Kristy scored six points in the second quarter and Stippich added five as the Night Hawks actually cut the lead to 28-20 before settling for a 33-20 halftime deficit.
Beulah stretched the lead to 40-20 early in the third quarter, but again the
Hawks rallied back with a 13-6 run to end the quarter down 46-33.
The fourth quarter stayed about the same with the lead growing to as much as 16 points and the Hawks closed it down to 10 points on two occasions.
The final score ended up with Beulah on top 58-45.
As the measuring stick went the Night Hawks were pretty happy. After trailing 18-7 at the end of the first quarter, they went the other three quarters with the number one team in the state and were outscored 40-38.
Kristy led the scoring with 15 points, Stippich added 10, Hayden Sadowsky had 8 points and six assists, Kye Erickson and Christian Kilwein each scored 5, and Brandon Pierce scored 2.