It was a special night for six Night Hawk seniors as not only was it their last home game for the season but it was also senior night.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
Prior to the start of the game the six were introduced along with their parents and at the end were greeted with a standing ovation by the fans. The six seniors are Tanner Sanford, Sam Kludt, Hayden Sadowsky, Thomas Maychrzak, Paxton Pierce and Brandon Pierce.
The Beach Bucs were no match for an inspired Night Hawk team as the Night Hawks came out and jumped to a 28-11 lead after the first quarter and were leading 51-16 at half time. They also forced the Bucs into 20 turnovers for the game while committing only six themselves. Sadowsky led the Night Hawks with 29 points which included five 3-pointers. Four others were in double figures as B. Pierce had 16, Isaiah Kludt with 12, S. Kludt scored 11 and Maychrzak added 10. I also had B. Pierce with nine rebounds and S. Kludt with three block shots.
With the 89-37 win they secured third place in Region 7 and did not have to play a region play-in game. They will play the last game of the second round at Trinity on March 7 against New England. The Tigers beat Glen Ullin/Hebron 59-50 at home on March 1.
There was not a “C” game but the two junior varsity teams played in the preliminary game and the Night Hawks came out a little flat and were trailing 32-30 at half time. But they were a different team in the second half as they came out motivated and took over the game as they outscored the Bucs 27-11 in the third quarter on their way to an 86-48 win.
Their turnovers were down while creating 17 Beach turnovers in the second half.
Jarad Mattis paced the Night Hawks with 22 followed by Carson Schalesky with 17. Jaxon Mellmer and Ethan Dupper both added 11.