Black­hawks roll Wolves, Mas­tiffs

Claim 4A-3A-1 crown

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS - JOHN MCGEE Spe­cial to The TIMES

Trent Loyd’s hard­wood Black­hawks rolled over Lin­coln 68-44, then shot down Haas Hall 57-30 last week to claim their sec­ond con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in as many years.

The ’Hawks be­gan last week’s games by host­ing Lin­coln and it got out of hand quickly. The ’Hawks jumped on their guests to lead 16-4 af­ter one pe­riod and Lin­coln never re­ally threat­ened af­ter that.

Play­ing on the road Fri­day, Feb. 2, the Black­hawks fell be­hind the Haas Hall Mas­tiffs 9-7 for their sec­ond low­est first quar­ter of­fen­sive out­put for the sea­son. Pea Ridge’s shoot­ing got hot­ter over the last three pe­riod how­ever, nail­ing 10 3-point­ers to turn the game into a route. The ’Hawks’ to­tal of 12 treys for the game outscored Haas Hall’s to­tal scor­ing 36-30.

In the Lin­coln game, Hayden Holt­grewe and Kobe Rose sparked the ’Hawks with first pe­riod treys with Nick Coble and Mike Ma­honey toss­ing in a pair of field goals each. Rose also added a 2-pointer as Lin­coln’s Hale scored twice but was the only one to score at all for the guests.

Hale didn’t score in the sec­ond pe­riod but five of his team­mates did as the guests rang up 13 points. How­ever, Coble, Ma­honey, Holt­grewe, Rose and Will Feem­ster all scored field goals for the ’Hawks to lead the home boys to a 30-17 half­time bulge. Rose’s goal was a trey with Ma­honey drop­ping in two in­side shots along with a free throw.

Lin­coln’s Sugg was hot in the third pe­riod, rack­ing up three treys. Team­mate Mor­phis scored 7 points him­self to ac­count for the rest of the Wolf of­fense. Rhine coun­tered with a trey as did Rose with Rose, Holt­grewe and Ma­honey scor­ing in the paint. Ma­honey scored twice with Holt­grewe rip­ping two of two free throw at­tempts. When the third pe­riod ended, the Wolves were still star­ing at a 13-point deficit.

Mor­phis and Sugg each ripped a trey and a 2-pointer for Lin­coln in the fi­nal pe­riod, but the ’Hawks re­sponded with five Black­hawks dent­ing the score­board as Pea Ridge outscored Lin­coln 22-11 to end any suspense.

Chase Dun­can, Coble and Holt­grewe all hit 3-balls in the fourth, with Coble, Holt­grewe and Rose adding shots from in close. Ma­honey ruled the boards with a triple goal ef­fort. The game ended with the ’Hawks win­ning by 24, 68-44.

Ma­honey was the game’s lead­ing scorer with 19, fol­lowed by Rose and Holt­grewe with 15 each, Coble 11, Rhine and Dun­can with 3 each, and Feem­ster with 2.

Pea Ridge 57 Haas Hall 30

Against Haas Hall, the ’Hawks came out shoot­ing cold but their de­fense wasn’t, lim­it­ing the home stand­ing Mas­tiffs to just 9 points, keep­ing the ’Hawks within a bucket en­ter­ing the sec­ond pe­riod. The only points the ’Hawks could muster were a trey each by Coble and Rhine, and a sin­gle free throw by Ma­honey.

Pea Ridge erupted for 18 points in the sec­ond quar­ter, with Haas Hall up­ping their scor­ing with a 12-point ef­fort, with the ’Hawks tak­ing a lead into the half at 25-21. Rose led the charge by rip­ping two shots from be­hind the arc, with Holt­grewe adding a pair of 3-point­ers and a pair of free throws. Coble hit a field goal and Ma­honey scored two from the char­ity stripe to round out the scor­ing surge.

The third quar­ter saw the game turn into a rout with Pea Ridge outscor­ing the hosts 20-5 to build a 45-26 lead headed into the fourth quar­ter. Rose hit a pair of 3-balls with Coble and Holt­grewe hit­ting deep shots of their own. Holt­grewe and Wes­ley Wales scored from in close with Ma­honey turn­ing the trick twice.

The Black­hawk de­fense al­lowed the Mas­tiffs but a sin­gle field goal in the fi­nal pe­riod, while rack­ing up a pair of treys and three reg­u­lar field goals to end any doubt to the out­come. Holt­grewe and Coble nailed the treys with Den­ver Yates, Wales and Coble scor­ing in­side the arc. The fi­nal buzzer sounded with the ’Hawks win­ning by 27, 57-30.

Holt­grewe led all scor­ers with 16 with Coble (13) and Rose (12) also reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures. Ma­honey scored 7, Wales 4, Rhine 3, and Yates, 2.

For the fourth straight game, a dif­fer­ent ’Hawk led the team in scor­ing. Five dif­fer­ent Black­hawks have led the team in scor­ing in the team’s 25 games into the cur­rent sea­son. Rose, Holt­grewe, Coble, Ma­honey and Lan­don Al­li­son have all shared the dis­tinc­tion. A rugged de­fense but­tressed with bal­anced scor­ing has been a big part of the Black­hawk suc­cess this year.

The ’Hawks were sched­uled to play home to Prairie Grove Tues­day, Feb. 6, with their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game set for Elkins in the Elks gym. District play for 4A-1 will be­gin next week.

The wins raised the ’Hawks’ sea­sonal won-loss record to 21-4, 15-1 in con­fer­ence play.

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