A second half push by Woodward-Granger’s boys’ basketball in an attempt to snatch a West Central Activities Conference win falls six points shy in a 71-65 contest against the Des Moines Christian Lions (3-0, 2-0).


The Hawks (2-1, 1-1) finished off their third road game in a row to start the season with a WCAC battle in Urbandale on Friday, Dec. 1.


It was a tale of two halves for the Hawks who fell behind by four early in the first quarter when the host Lions put up 17 and held their guest to 13.


The Hawks fared a little worse the following quarter when the home team scored 23 points to the their 15 for a 12 point Lions halftime lead.


After the half the Hawks began their climb to erase the double digit deficit when they managed to cut the Lion’s lead to nine after a 16-13 third quarter.


In the final eight minutes the road team’s defense tried to clamp up the home team’s scoring as they allowed 18 points. The offense’s 21 points just wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.


The Hawks had three players in double figures with junior Noah Hoyt leading the way with 15 points after a 7-for-11 night including 1-of-2 from three.


A pair of sophomores, Keith Braunschweig and Bryce Achenbach combined for 27 points - Braunschweig 14 and Achenbach 13.


Achenbach also led the squad in assists with seven of the team’s 15, was tied in steals with three of the 12 and finished first in rebounds with six of the team’s 25 - 13 defensive and 12 offensive.


Fellow sophomore Reese Jamison recorded three steals and 10 points. He was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.


The Hawks made their home debut Monday against the Saydel Eagles. Tuesday they face off against neighboring school, the Woodward Academy Knights.