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Wingers beat Raiders, 87-67

The Hastings boys basketball went on the road and came back having hit a bump in the road. Hastings lost to the No. 7 ranked team in Class AAA on Friday night, falling 87-67 to Red Wing.

“I give Red Wing some credit,” Hastings coach Chad Feikema said. “They have everybody back from last year. They move the ball really well on offense.”

The Wingers (5-0) took an early lead, building it up to 14 points at times.

“We made some mistakes on the defensive end,” Feikema said. “That allowed them to get some clean looks at the basket. Through the first four games, we’ve been pretty good in terms of forcing the other team into difficult shots. I thought we gave up way too many easy looks for various reasons. We just didn’t defend them very well.”

Hastings scored, though, just before the halftime buzzer to cut the lead to 12. Then, right out of halftime the Raiders scored the first six points to cut the lead to six.

“At that point, it felt like we were in the game,” Feikema said. “I was feeling good about our chances.”

The Wingers responded, though, with a run of their own to get the lead back into double digits and that’s where it stayed down the stretch.

Hastings was without Craig Nielsen, who is recovering from an illness.

Joe Dittrich had a big night for the Raiders with 18 points and seven rebounds. It was the second game in a row that Dittrich, the team’s point guard, led the club in rebounding.

“He did a lot of little things well,” Feikema said. “I thought he was our best defender in the game as well. He’s played really well through five games here.”

Sam Skoyen led Hastings in scoring with 19 points. Pottinger had 11.

Also scoring were Zach Wiese, 5; Colin Kummer, 2; Ross Dylla, 8; Alex Zuzek, 2; and Brady Gullicks, 2.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge on Tuesday night, 65-46.

Hastings now has a 2-5 record on the year.

Skoyen led the Raiders in scoring with 17.

Also scoring were: Dominic Scudera, 1; Dylla, 5; Brandon McCarthy, 5; Pottinger, 9; Dittrich, 3; Carson Whyle, 3; Gullicks, 3; Josh Brown, 2.