Offense abounds in the SEC this year
If the past few games are any indication, there’s no lack of offense this year in the Suburban East Conference.
On Thursday, the Hastings boys basketball team lost to Roseville, 94-76.
On Tuesday, Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall, 102-76.
“The teams are playing fast and the teams have skilled players that can shoot the ball,” coach Chad Feikema said. “Everyone is putting up some pretty big numbers and trying to figure out how to slow down their opponents.”
Against Roseville, Hastings jumped out to an 11-2 lead and lead 26-13 at one point. Hastings even had a halftime lead of 39-37.
Down the stretch, though, Roseville got physical and began to use its size to overpower the Raiders. They start players who are 6-7, 6-7, 6-7 and 6-4. Hastings’ tallest player is Craig Nielsen, who is 6-2.
“They just started bulling their way to the rim,” Feikema said. “They just used their size inside. They’d throw it at the basket, push us out of the way, get the rebound and score again.”
Roseville had 19 second-chance points that came on 16 offensive rebounds.
For the game, Roseville outrebounded Hastings 42-25.
Meanwhile, Hastings had a great night from the field, shooting 48 percent as a team.
Sam Skoyen led Hastings in scoring with 25 points. He made nine of 19 shots from the field and made five of 10 attempts from three-point range.
Joe Dittrich had 12 points on three of five shooting from the field. He was a perfect six-for-six from the line.
Nielsen made four of his eight shots and four of his five attempts from the line for 12 points.
Ross Dylla made four of his seven shots for 11 points.
Drew Pottinger added eight, Brady Gullicks had six and Zach Wiese scored two.
Hastings also handled Roseville’s pressure defense well.
“We handled their pressure really well for most of the game,” Feikema said. “We executed in the halfcourt really well. I was really proud of how we played.
“We battled hard and did everything we could.”
Feikema said he had no complaints about the referees as the game. He simply said that their style of letting some physical play go favored Roseville.
“Their style of officiating was to let it be a physical game,” Feikema said. “That didn’t suit us. It wasn’t anything the officials did wrong.
“Once (Roseville) realized they could play physical and that we weren’t going to step up and take a charge, then it was just them putting their head down and going to the rim.”
Feikema hopes to see the Raiders be able to more effectively take a charge.
“We need to be able to step in and take a charge,” he said. “We’ll get in the right position, and we’ll do everything correct, (but) right now we’re not willing to step in and absorb the contact and take it right in the chest. We’ve got to get better at that.”
Hastings lost to Cretin on Tuesday night, 102-76.
Cretin led at halftime, 48-33, and outscored Hastings in the second half, 54-43.
Skoyen led Hastings in scoring with 26. Nielsen had 16, Dylla had 13, Dittrich had 13, Pottinger had six and Gullicks had two.
Hastings plays host to Stillwater at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
The Raiders are at White Bear Lake on Jan. 14 before returning home for a 7:15 p.m. game against Mounds View on Thursday, Jan. 16.