Hastings basketball team falls to Park in overtime, 55-54
Just when it looked like the schedule for the Hastings boys basketball team began to lighten up a bit, the flu bug bit.
The Raiders' leading three scorers have all been affected either by illness or injury. The end result? That slight break in the schedule didn't produce any wins.
"It's unfortunate that we had some of the injuries and sickness at the time we did - we thought that three-game stretch would be a chance to build up some confidence," coach Chad Feikema said. "We've got to get healthy. The next part of that is that the kids have to find something to get some confidence going again.
"We have good kids who work hard. They have some basketball ability. We've got the skills. Physically, we're just having a hard time matching up against some of our opponents. We'll have to find a way to respond to that.
"We look at the group we have and we know the future is bright. If they can keep their heads in the right place and keep from getting too discouraged, their day will come."
Among the teams Hastings lost to over the last week of play was Prescott. Hastings fell on Monday, 75-51.
"We knew Prescott had a good team, but it was one of those games," Feikema said. "We felt like if we played well, we'd have a chance to win it.
Hastings struggled from the field in the first half, shooting just 28 percent from the field and 1 of 8 from three-point range.
"I thought we executed what we wanted to run," Feikema said. "Pretty much everything we tried to run we were able to. We got good shots. We just didn't make them."
Sam Skoyen led Hastings in scoring with 16 points.
Craig Nielsen also had a strong game, Feikema said.
"I thought Craig played really well, given two things - he was as sick as he was, and secondly, he was going up against a guy who weighed about a hundred more pounds than he did."
Hastings lost to Park on Friday night in overtime, 55-54.
Hastings led through much of the game, taking a 27-18 lead into halftime. In the first few minutes of the second half, though, Park quickly trimmed that lead.
Down the stretch, Hastings led 43-42. Park hit a three-pointer to go up by two points, 45-43.
Skoyen scored to tie the game and Hastings eventually stopped Park on their ensuing possession. With about six seconds to go, Hastings called a timeout and ran a play but the team wasn't able to get off a good shot, and the game went into overtime.
Park quickly jumped out to a seven-point lead. Hastings fought back and eventually tied the score after Drew Pottinger made two clutch free throws with 20 seconds left.
After a Hastings foul with one second to go, a Park player went to the line with a chance to win the game. He missed his first free throw but made the second to give the Wolfpack the win.
"I was really proud of our guys in how we responded in that situation," Feikema said. "We came back and rallied and made some plays both offensively and defensively."
Skoyen led Hastings offensively with 18 points. Craig Nielsen had 14 and Drew Pottinger finished with 10.
Also scoring were: Zach Wiese, eight; Alex Wiese, one; Ross Dylla, two; and Bryce Garvey, one.