Faith knocked from unbeaten ranks

Faith, S.D. is no longer undefeated as the Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks pulled out a last second 52-49 victory at a packed Roberts-Reinke Auditorium.

Hayden Sadowsky  [Photo by Denise Andress]
Hayden Sadowsky [Photo by Denise Andress]
By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record

Faith, S.D. is no longer undefeated as the Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks pulled out a last second 52-49 victory at a packed Roberts-Reinke Auditorium.  Faith came into the game with a 16-0 record and rated as high as no. 2 in South Dakota Class B polls.  It was standing room only with four rows deep on the stage.

The game was back and forth with Hettinger-Scranton holding a 17-15 advantage after the first quarter and Faith on top at the half, 28-25.  Faith kept the lead after the third stop but only by one, as it was 37-36.

The Nighthawks fought and clawed back to take the lead from Faith in the final stanza and with two minutes left held a five point lead.  But Faith hit a 3-pointer deep from the base line and they added two free throws to tie it up 49-49.

Hayden Sadowsky grabbed a key rebound dribbled past half court and called timeout with about 7 seconds remaining in the game.  I’m sure most people in the stands thought Coach Jeremy Dietchman would draw up a play to put the ball in Sadowsky’s hands.  And that is what he did.  Sadowsky got the in-bounds pass, dribbled a couple of times and fired off a shot from beyond the 3-point line.

The shot hit the rim and bounced off but a Faith defender ran into Sadowsky on the shot and that sent Sadowsky to the free throw line for three shots and two seconds remaining.

He sank all three and following long, desperation shot by Faith that hit the back board, the game was over.

Brandon Pierce also had a hand in the second half surge, as he spent some time in the first half on the bench with foul trouble.  He scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and snared some key rebounds.  Sadowsky ended up with a team leading 19 points, eight at the charity line.

Faith found themselves in trouble in the third quarter as 6’5” Tyler Hohenberger went to the bench when he picked up his fourth foul 2:30 into the third quarter.  About 45 seconds later Josh Afdahl followed him with his fourth foul.  He had been hounding Sadowsky pretty much the whole night but his physical play got him in trouble.   Hohenberger led Faith in scoring with 14.

Faith does have a nice team, good height, speed and shooting and they play solid defense.  Their varsity roster contains 10 names, with eight seniors and two juniors.

Faith owned the other three games in the evening.  The Nighthawk Junior Varsity girls went down 39-31 and the varsity girls lost their game 45-24.  The JV boys lost their game 57-43 in what may have been their worst game of the year.  Too many errant passes and allowing too many easy inside shots was their down fall.   Thomas Maychrzak had a nice game in JV game for the Nighthawks as he had 5 3-pointers to lead the team with 15 points.