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Boys have strong effort but fall, 60-37

A tough loss last Tuesday night to Woodbury was followed up by a much better game Friday against Mounds View for the Hastings boys basketball team.

The end result, though, was the same, as the Raiders fell to the Mustangs, 60-37.

Hastings trailed 19-18 with just more than two minutes to play in the first half, then Mounds View went on a 14-2 run to close out the half and take a 33-20 lead into haltime.

"Up until that point, we had played really well," coach Chad Feikema said.

Despite what the scoreboard said, Feikema was pleased with what he saw from his team. The loss Tuesday to the Royals was followed by two good days of practice and a strong effort Friday.

"It had a completely different feel to it than the Woodbury game," Feikema said. "Our effort was really good. I don't think it slipped at all at any point in the game. We were able to create a few scoring opportunities, some of which we were able to take advantage of in transition, just by playing good defense."

Darius Wilkerson led Hastings in scoring with 11 points.

Ellis Williams had 10.

Also scoring were Ben Knoll 5, Josh Monjeau 5, Tony Hammes 4 and Quintan Weaver 2.

Vs Woodbury

Hastings lost to Woodbury on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 72-41.

Woodbury outscored Hastings 35-21 in the first half and 37-20 in the second half.

"The biggest thing for us is that we're not shooting the ball very well, and we're having a hard time getting points," Feikema said. "When we have a hard time getting points, it spills over into the rest of our game. We'll defend well for a while and things will go as planned. Eventually, the guys got discouraged that we couldn't score, then a few other things kind of fell apart."

Weaver led Hastings in scoring with 15 points.

Wilkerson had 14.

Also scoring were Hammes 3, Monjeau 2, Williams 4, Knoll 2 and Isaac Johnson 1.