A 78-69 win at Maquoketa snapped a four-game losing streak by the West Delaware boys’ basketball team, Jan. 8, giving the team their first win in 2021. Earlier in the week the Hawks lost a 54-52 game at home to Solon. They closed out the week losing at Wahlert, 64-60.
The Hawks trailed Maquoketa 19-13 after the first quarter and 33-31 at halftime. The Hawks led 51-50 after three quarters before outscoring the Cardinals 27-19 in the final eight minutes.
West Delaware had three players in double figures. Kyle Kelley led with 27, while Blake DeMoss added 17. Luke Kehrli, starting for the first time this season, responded with 16.
The Hawks were able to score several points in transition, something the coaching staff has stressed in practice.
“We saw Maquoketa wasn’t getting back in transition. We’ve emphasized running the floor. We were able to get some buckets off that,” head coach Drake Schuring said.
Schuring said both Hawk big men played well. “Luke (Kehrli) played well tonight, but so did Mitch (Krogmann). Luke started tonight because of match up purposes. This was a great team effort. Our defense was there all night.”
The Hawks shot 48% from the field, going 28-of-58.
Other statistical leaders for the Hawks were: points — Eric Salow nine, Krogmann four, Logan Woellert and Raub Loecke two and Jamison Smith one; rebounds — Salow 11, Loecke six, Kelley five, Krogmann and Logan Woellert four, Kehrli three, Smith and Jaxson Woellert two; assists — DeMoss four, Salow three, Logan Woellert, Smith, Kehrli and Loecke two; Kelley, Jaxson Woellert and Krogmann one; steals — DeMoss three, Logan Woellert two, Kehrli and Krogmann one.
Against Solon Jan. 5, a basket by Solon’s David Bluder with 2.2 seconds to play resulted in the two -point loss for the Hawks.
The Hawks led 17-11 after a quarter only to see Solon take a 30-28 lead into halftime. The game remained tight in the third, with the Hawks leading 44-42 after three quarters.
Kelley led the Hawks with 25 points.
Coach Schuring said, “We played with much more energy and confidence tonight, something we emphasized before the game. That translated onto the floor tonight.”
The Hawks only had 11 turnovers in the game. “We did a really good job of decision making tonight,” Schuring said, adding, “I thought our bench was awesome from top to bottom.”
Other statistical leaders were: points — Logan Woellert nine, Krogmann eight, Jaxson Woellert three, DeMoss, Salow and Loecke two, Smith one; rebounds _ Salow 10, Logan Woellert five, Kehrli four, Jaxson Woellert three, Krogmann two, Kelley, DeMoss, Loecke and Smith one; assists — DeMoss six, Logan Woellert, Loecke and Kehrli two, Kelley, Salow and Smith one; steals — Logan Woellert and Kehrli one.
The Hawks closed out the week at Wahlert, Jan. 9, where 20 Hawk turnovers sealed their fate.
“This was a great effort by our team, but the turnovers put us in a tough spot,” Schuring said.
The Hawks led 15-12 after a quarter before Wahlert Catholic took a 31-27 lead into halftime. The Hawks trailed 43-38 after three quarters.
Kelley led the Hawks with 19 points, while Logan Woellert added 16. Other statistical leaders were: points — DeMoss nine, Salow seven, Kehrli five and Krogmann four; rebounds — Salow six, Kelley, Logan Woellert and Kehrli four, Krogmann three, Jaxson Woellert and Loecke two; assists — Logan Woellert three, DeMoss and Kelley two; steals — DeMoss, Kelley and Salow one.