Hastings boys basketball team picks up two wins to even its record at 2-2
The Hastings boys basketball team has got four quick games under its belt. The first two were causes for concern. The last two were anything but.
In the season opener against Prescott, Hastings saw a 10-point lead in the third quarter evaporate and turn into a loss.
In the season’s second game against Farmington, Hastings trailed 50-48 with five minutes left to go. The Tigers, though, went on a 21-4 run to close out the game.
Things started turning around for Hastings on Friday night with a 73-65 win over Northfield.
Hastings and Northfield were tied 51-51 with about five minutes left to play, and Hastings went on a 22-14 run to put the game away and win.
“That was a huge win for us,” coach Chad Feikema said. “It felt like we broke a door down with that one. We were able to close the deal in the final five minutes. This game was a big step for us.”
Hastings had a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures.
“We need that,” Feikema said. “We need guys to give us that kind of balance.”
The Raiders were led in scoring by Sam Skoyen, who had 26. In four games this year, Skoyen has scored 31 twice, 26 and 19.
“He’s putting up some big points,” Feikema said. “He’s one of those guys who knows how to score. He’s shooting a good percentage. He’s moving without the ball. He’s being active.
“One of the things that stands out with him is his shot selection – it’s really good. He’s staying within himself, is taking good shots and knocking them down.”
Also scoring in double figures were Drew Pottinger (11), Joe Dittrich (17) and Craig Nielsen (10). Ross Dylla scored eight points and Zach Wiese had one.
Hastings beat Hudson on Tuesday night in Hastings, 71-61.
“We played really well in both halves,” Feikema said. “It was a well-played game. Everybody contributed.”
Hastings led 29-28 at the half.
In the second half, Hastings outscored Hudson 42-33.
Sam Skoyen was the story of the night offensively for Hastings, as he scored 31 points.
Joe Dittrich was also in double figures with 16. He also had 11 rebounds.
“Joe has been fantastic in all four games this year,” Feikema said.
He was also tasked with guarding Hudson’s top player, Alex Herink.
Also scoring were: Ross Dylla, 9; Zach Wiese, 4; Brandon McCarthy, 2; Drew Pottinger, 5; and Brady Gullicks, 4.
Hastings was without junior center Craig Nielsen, who has an illness and will miss at least the next week of play.
“For us to win against Hudson without Craig was a really good sign,” Feikema said. “In the first two games we lost, one of the big factors was Craig getting in foul trouble and us having to play without him. We didn’t handle that well.
“For us to handle this well and win even though he was on the bench was a really good sign for us.”
Hastings lost to Prescott in the season opener, 57-53.
Hastings held a 10-point lead in the third quarter before Nielsen came out with foul trouble. Hastings led 38-28, but Prescott went on a 16-2 run and went on to win.
Skoyen had 31 points to lead Hastings.
Hastings lost to Farmington on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 71-52.
Skoyen led Hastings in scoring with 19 points.
Pottinger and Dittrich each had 11.
Nielsen scored seven and Wiese had four.
Pottinger has been a steady contributor all season long, Feikema said.
“Drew is a really good shooter,” he said. “When he gets an opportunity to catch it and shoot it, we want him to start doing that. He needs to take about 10 to 12 shots a game. When he does that, he’s going to give us some balance.”