Some early offensive struggles did not hinder the Woodward-Granger boys’ basketball team from executing their flight plan in the second half and garner the eventual 54-40 win.
At home against West Central Activities foe the AC/GC Chargers (3-19), the Hawks (13-9) dug themselves into a minor hole before pulling the plug on the Chargers’ season.
On Feb. 12, the Hawks opened up the Class 2A District 15 postseason play with a poor first quarter shooting performance of five points while their guests took a three point lead after scoring eight.
The host’s offense woke up in the second quarter when they broke the double digit plateau with 15 but their defense allowed the Chargers 16 that extended the deficit by one at halftime.
Out of half, the Hawks’ offense took off with 20 third quarter points while the defensive intensity held the Chargers to just six.
After erasing the deficit and flipping the game in their favor with a 10 point lead the host continued to keep the Chargers unplugged as they closed out the fourth on a 14-10 run.
W-G’s sophomore Reese Jamison led all scorers with 20 points after converting 6-of-7 3-pointers and sinking both of his foul attempts. He also tied sophomore Keith Braunschweig with six rebounds.
“It helped a lot when Reese came out and hit 6-of-7 3-pointers. That really got us going,” head coach Brent Achenbach said.
Fellow sophomore Bryce Achenbach finished second in points scored with 15, and was responsible for eight of the 13 assists. He also had two of the three total blocks.
In their double digit victory the squad struggled from the field where they shot 25 percent. However, their 58 percent shooting clip from beyond the arc coupled with their 10-of-14 shooting from the line helped advance them to the next round. They also tallied 23 rebounds- 15 (D) and eight (O), with 11 steals.
Up next, the Hawks faceoff against the neighboring Knights of Woodward Academy on Feb. 15. The place and time hasn’t been determined.
The two teams split the season series with the Hawks winning 66-61 on Dec. 5, but losing 56-52 back on Jan.16.