The Hettinger/Scranton Nighthawks won one and lost one in the first year participating in the postseason under the new super regional format.Posted Feb. 26, 2014
By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Sports Writer
The Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks won one and lost one in the first year participating in the postseason under the new super regional format.
The first game was played on their home court in Hettinger on Feb. 21 against the Bearcats from Glen Ullin-Hebron. The tone was immediately set in the opening moments of the first quarter.
The Bearcats won the opening tip, but quickly the ball was taken away by 8th-grader Isaiah Kludt who promptly drove to the hoop for the bucket and the game’s first two points. After a three-pointer by sophomore Hayden Sadowsky, the Nighthawks quickly had a 5-0 lead over the Bearcats.
Kludt and Sadowsky were the top performers of the first half.
Kludt had three steals and four points in the first quarter, and Sadowsky scored 12 points in the half. The Nighthawks ended the half ahead of Glen Ullin/Hebron 26-17.
Sadowsky put on a show in the second half. After scoring 12 points in the first half, he put up 17 in the third quarter alone. He would add five more in the fourth to bring his total to a game high 34 points on the evening.
The Nighthawk defense pressed the Bearcats all night. Except for the first quarter, Glen Ullin/Hebron was held to single digit points in each quarter.
Hettinger/Scranton defeated the Bearcats 60-29 and advanced to play the Dickinson Trinity Titans. Leading the charge was Sadowsky with 34 points, followed by sophomore Brandon Pierce who had eight points.
The regional quarter final between Hettinger-Scranton and Dickinson Trinity was held in Dickinson at the Knights of Columbus Community Center on Feb. 24.
Outside of a small run in the second quarter, the Nighthawks struggled to duplicate the results that earned them the trip to this game.
The Titans opened the game on a 14-2 run and took control of the contest right away. The Nighthawks got the ball moving somewhat after that, but still ended the quarter down 18-9.
The Nighthawks opened the second quarter ready to play, and gave the Titans a run for their money. After showing some early butterflies they were hustling down the court faster. They opened the quarter on a 7-0 run and brought them to within two points of Dickinson Trinity.
The momentum was short lived and the two point differential was the closest the score would ever be. When the Titans finally snapped the Nighthawks scoring run, they went on a run of their own.
Scoring 18 of the next 20 points between the second and third quarters put the Titans in total control.
After being pretty well contained in the first three quarters, Sadowsky got hot and scored 11 points in the final quarter of the game. Along with Sadowsky, both Kludt and junior Damon Mellmer scored in the quarter, but the effort fell short and the Nighthawks couldn’t catch up with the Titans and fell 56-39.
Leading scorer for the Nighthawks was Sadowsky with 17, followed by Kludt who had 11. The Nighthawks finish their season at 11-12.