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Hastings boys basketball team drops pair of SEC games

With about a minute left to play in the first half of Friday’s game against Roseville, Hastings trailed just 28-24. Not bad considering Roseville is now 9-6 in league play and Hastings is 3-12.

But, to close out the half, Roseville went on a 7-2 run and they all of a sudden led 35-26.

To start the second half, Roseville got a few quick buckets, got some easy shots off of offensive rebounds and hit a few more shots. All of a sudden, Hastings was looking at an insurmountable deficit. Roseville went on to win, 84-53.

“The game needed to be a slower style for us to be able to compete with them,” coach Chad Feikema said. “In the first half, we were able to slow them down. We did a pretty good job on the boards. By and large, the style of the game in the first half was more suited to us.

“As soon as they had a little spurt to get the lead out a little bit, we couldn’t stay with that style any more. We had to play them the other way.”

Roseville had a great night from the field, hitting 52 percent of its shots. Hastings, meanwhile, made just 26 percent of its shots.

Hastings’ lack of height again hurt. Roseville trotted out two 6-7 starters, one 6-4 starter and a few guys with good height off the bench. Hastings’ tallest player, Craig Nielsen, is about 6-2.

“They had a big size advantage,” Feikema said. “For us, we have to shoot over them and what ends up happening, when we play teams that are bigger than us, is we become a jump shooting team, unless we can trick them somehow and get a layup. We became a jump shooting team and we didn’t hit a high percentage.”

Hastings made seven of 25 attempts from three-point territory.

Sam Skoyen led Hastings in scoring with 15 points.

Brady Gullicks had career highs in both rebounds (10) and points (nine).

“He played really well,” Feikema said of Gullicks. “That was a really solid effort from him.”

Joe Dittrich was also in double figures with 10.

Also scoring were: Drew Pottinger, nine; Craig Nielsen, eight; and Colin Kummer, two.

Hastings plays at Stillwater on Friday and then returns home Tuesday to face White Bear Lake at 7:15 p.m.

Vs Cretin

Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday night, 81-42.

C-DH took a 47-24 lead into halftime. They outscored Hastings 34-18 in the second half.

Craig Nielsen led Hastings in scoring with 14 points.

Brady Gullicks, Joe Dittrich and Sam Skoyen each had six.

Also scoring were: Avery Alexander, one; Ross Dylla, five; and Bobby Verchota, four.