Night Hawk boys basketball moves into 3rd place

Going into the game Heart River was in third place in Region 7, a half a game ahead of  Hettinger-Scranton.  When the game was over the two teams swapped positions in the standings.  The Night Hawks pulled out a 54-44 win with a late fourth quarter surge.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record

The Night Hawks improved their region standing to 5-2 and Heart River slipped to 5-3.

The Cougars jumped out to an early lead but Hettinger/Scranton came back and took a five point lead after the first quarter and maintained a small lead until the third when the Cougars finished it with a 35-33 advantage.

They traded leads in the pivotal fourth quarter until the clock was down to a little over two minutes; a series of actions pulled the Night Hawks ahead to stay.

Hayden Sadowsky nailed a 3-pointer, Sam Kludt stripped a Cougar ball handler just past the half court line and scored an easy layup at the other end, and Isaiah Kludt had two steals and went 4-4 at the free throw line.

I. Kludt led Hettinger/Scranton in scoring with 20, followed by Sadowsky with 19.  I had S. Kludt with six blocked shots.  The player that kept Heart River in the game all night long was Cole Olson who seemed to continually come up with a timely shot or a rebound.  He finished with 24 points including four 3-pointers and 11 rebounds.

The Night Hawk C team had an easier time as they downed the Cougars C team by a score of  55-41.  Carson Schalesky and Jacob Dix did most of the damage for the Night Hawks.  Schalesky had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Dix had 17 points and 7 rebounds.

The Night Hawk junior varsity had a rougher time as they were outscored 18-10 in the final stanza and lost 48-45.  Turnovers and very few offensive rebounds hurt them in that final quarter.

Hettinger/Scranton was led by Jaxon Mellmer who tallied 12 and Schalesky added 10 along with a six blocks.