Despite overcoming an 11-point deficit early on the Woodward-Granger Hawks boys’ basketball team (8-5, 6-5) dropped a close conference match, 65-59, against the Des Moines Christian Lions (12-1, 9-1).


The Jan. 12, West Central Activities Conference showdown started slow for the host Hawks whose offense struggled in the first with just 10 points while they allowed 21.


It all changed in the second quarter when the home team’s offense not only erased the Lions’ lead but finished three points better after a 23-9 run.


The defense continued their stifling presence after the half as the Hawks extended their lead by five points with a 13-8 third quarter.


It was a short lived lead for the home team whose defense could not contain the Lion’s roaring comeback after giving up 27 and only scoring 13.


The loss ended the host’s current two game winning streak and also marked the second time the Hawks lose a game when three players contributed double digit scoring. The first loss was against these same Lions back on Dec. 1.


W-G’s sophomore Keith Braunschweig finished tied for the team lead in points with 13 on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor was tied for first in rebounds with seven and recorded two of the team’s four steals.


Fellow sophomore Bryce Achenbach also scored 13 on a 5-for-6 shooting night including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. He led the squad in assists with four of the team’s 13.


Kaya Bowlsby, sophomore, added another 10 points after finishing 2-for-5 from the field and 2-for-3 from three.


The Hawks visited the charity stripe 13 times and were successful eight times. The pulled down 25 boards- 16 defensive and nine offensive, with three blocks.


They will look to add a WCAC win this Tuesday, Jan. 6, when they play the road team against the Woodward Academy Knights.