In a game with no shot clock, the 5-5 Nighthawks held their own against an undefeated Harding County, but ultimately fell Jan. 16 to the Ranchers at their home court in Bison, S.D. Harding County came into the game with a clean 6-0 record.Posted Jan. 24, 2014
By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Sports Writer
In a game with no shot clock, the 5-5 Nighthawks held their own against an undefeated Harding County, but ultimately fell Jan. 16 to the Ranchers at their home court in Bison, S.D. Harding County came into the game with a clean 6-0 record.
South Dakota basketball plays without the presence of a shot clock, an adjustment to their normal format that the Nighthawks used to their advantage early on. Hettinger-Scranton took their time with the ball during their first possessions. It seemed to prevent Harding County from getting into any kind of a rhythm, allowing the Nighthawks to outscore them in the first three quarters.
Subtracting the shot clock didn’t, however, prevent the Nighthawks from turning the ball over. They committed 15 turnovers. Harding County took good care of the ball and only gave it away to the opposition six times.
After falling behind by one point after the first quarter, the Nighthawks took the lead in the second and held it until late in the third. Harding County was able to recapture the lead in late in the third quarter, but held onto it briefly, and the Nighthawks eventually finished three quarters of basketball leading 36-33.
The fourth quarter was unlike the first three, the patience with the basketball was pretty much non-existent. Both teams game out scoring, and they were matching each other basket for basket. Harding County caught up to the Nighthawks, and a big 3-pointer by Harding County gave the Ranchers a five point lead, their largest of the game. Freshman Nevan Weaver cut the Rancher lead to three, but a basket and a free throw by Harding County put the game away as the game clock wound down. The Ranchers earned the victory with a score of 48-42.
The Nighthawks shot well from the free-throw line, shooting 69 percent. Three Nighthawks were tied for top scorer. Weaver, sophomore Christian Kilwein and sophomore Hayden Sadowsky each had 10 points on the evening.