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Hastings rebounds with strong second half against Mustangs, but team falls, 71-52

The challenging Suburban East Conference boys basketball schedule continues for the Hastings Raiders. The team, battling a number of injuries and illnesses this week, lost a pair of SEC matchups.

On Tuesday, Hastings lost to Mounds View, 71-52. The good news in that game was how well Hastings played in the game's second half.

The bad news was that the team was down by 18 points entering halftime.

After one half, the Raiders trailed 36-18. In the second half, though, Hastings was outscored by just one point, 35-34.

Drew Pottinger had a big night for Hastings, scoring 13 points to lead the way. Alex Wiese had 10 and was the only other Hastings player in double figures.

Also scoring were: Zach Wiese, nine; Chris Webb, three; Ross Dylla, four; Carson Whyle, three; Bryce Garvey, six; and Craig Nielsen, four.

Hastings is now 1-9 in SEC action.

The team plays host to Park at 7:15 p.m. Friday. The Wolfpack is 0-10 on the season.

Vs Roseville

Hastings lost to Roseville on Friday night, 99-59.

Roseville scored 60 first-half points en route to the big win.

Complicating matters for Hastings was that the team's point guard, Joe Dittrich, had to miss the game with an injury. That, coupled with Roseville's pressure defense, led to 30 Hastings turnovers and a lot of easy baskets for the opposition.

"That's a team that's going to put a lot of pressure on you, extending fullcourt," coach Chad Feikema said. "We had some trouble with that."

Roseville took a 12-0 lead and didn't look back. They have three players being recruited by colleges, and are tops in the SEC with a 9-1 record.

"If we broke the fullcourt press and got into our halfcourt offense, we were able to get some good shots," Feikema said. "Even our defense wasn't bad. We gave up 99 points, but we had 30 turnovers and gave up 20 offensive rebounds. The turnovers led to easy points for them, and the offensive rebounds led to second-chance points for them."

Nielsen had a strong night for Hastings, scoring 22 points against a 6-7 senior from Roseville. Nielsen is a sophomore.

Sam Skoyen fared well, too, scoring 15 points.

"It wasn't that we played bad," Feikema said. "We played a really good team, and we struggled in two areas - turnovers and rebounds."