Boys basketball team loses two games
The Hastings boys basketball team appeared, for at least two games last week, to have fixed its problem on the glass.
Allowing other teams to grab offensive rebounds has plagued Hastings this year, but that trend came to an end last week. After allowing 27 offensive rebounds and 21 offensive rebounds in back-to-back games the previous weeks, Hastings gave up just eight in a 76-64 loss to White Bear Lake.
"It was a pretty solid game all around," coach Chad Feikema said. "I was proud of our team and how we played. Our defensive play showed great strides from our previous games. The biggest improvement was on the boards.
"We were much more consistent in having all five players complete their boxouts. In addition to that, we just played the game with a lot more energy than what we had been playing with before. When the ball came off the rim, we were much better about getting aggressive and getting after it."
Hastings had five players with nine points or more.
The team was led in scoring by Joe Dittrich, who had 13. Drew Pottinger had 11, Sam Skoyen had 10, Bryce Garvey had nine and Craig Nielsen had nine.
Also scoring were: Zach Wiese, two; Alex Wiese, four; Chris Webb, three; and Ross Dylla, three.
White Bear hit 12 three-pointers in the game.
"We did a really good job defending and keeping them away from the basket," Feikema said. "They just made some tough shots. We played as well as they did - they just shot a little better that night. If we'd have made a few more shots that night, then we would have had the opportunity to win."
Hastings lost a high-scoring matchup on Tuesday night to Woodbury, 93-69.
The Royals led 36-21 at halftime, then both teams exploded in the second half. Woodbury scored 57 second-half points, while Hastings scored 48.
Woodbury had six plays in double figures.
Hastings, meanwhile, had four. Skoyen led the team in scoring with 18 points. Nielsen had 13, Alex Wiese had 11 and Dylla finished with 10.
Also scoring were: Alex Zuzek, two; Brandon McCarthy, two; Pottinger, two; Dittrich, nine; and Jay Sorg, two.
Hastings is 1-5 in Suburban East Conference play. The Raiders play at Forest Lake on Friday, then return home for a 7:15 p.m. game against Cretin-Derham Hall on Jan. 22.
Roseville leads the SEC with a 6-0 record. East Ridge is 5-2 and White Bear Lake and Woodbury are each 4-2.