Hiland dominates in visit to Newcomerstown
Dec 21, 2013 12:20 AM
NEWCOMERSTOWN The Hiland Hawks dominated the Newcomerstown Trojans 71-40 on Friday night to remain undefeated and take control of the Inter-Valley Conference.
Both teams came into the contest undefeated on the season, as expectations of a close contest was the talk among fans prior to the game.
The Hawks (7-0, 5-0) had different ideas.
Hiland jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, thanks to 3-pointers by Collin Blochlinger and Lucas Mast, but Newcomerstown stayed in the game as Austin King and Josh Green scored a combined nine points to keep the Trojans (4-1, 3-1) within reach as the Hawks held a 17-11 lead after one quarter.
Things began to heat up early in the second quarter.
With the Hawks holding a 21-13 lead, the Trojans began to catch fire on the offensive side of the ball, going on a 6-0 run to cut the Hiland lead to two at 21-19.
Newcomerstown’s run woke up a sleeping giant as Hiland closed out the half on an 11-0 run to take a commanding 32-19 lead into the locker room.
“Despite Hiland’s run at the end of the half, we felt like we were still in it, but then they beat us in every facet of the game after that.” said Trojan head coach Rod Bonamico. “They’re very aggressive and took us out of what we were trying to do.”
Hiland then removed all doubt as to the outcome of the game in the third quarter when they outscored the Trojans 24-13 by shooting 9 of 14 from the field for 64 percent, while holding Newcomerstown to just 42 percent from the field.
In fact, the Hawks defense held Newcomerstown to just 27-percent shooting over the middle two frames, outscoring the cold-shooting Trojans 39-21.
Despite his team’s loss, Bonamico felt the experience of playing in a big game was good for his team. “It’s good for our kids to be in that kind of environment and we’ll learn something. Our kids can learn a lot from Mark’s (Schlabach) team. They are well coached and disciplined and fundamentally sound, but our kids will learn a lesson from this one.” said Bonamico.
The Hawks used all of their bench players and had three players in double figures, as a total of 13 cracked the scoring book for Hiland, who will take on Division I opponent Elyria tonight in the WQKT Steve Smith Classic at the College of Wooster.
Todd Ropp led the way with 11 points, while Brennan Coil and Eric Miller each had 10.
Newcomerstown was led by Austin King with 13 points.
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Edited: Dec 21, 2013 12:20 AM by Bob George