|11/23/2012 11:15:00 AM|
Tigers fall short to Dieterich, 70-62
|When young teams take the floor for the first time, you never know what to expect from them.|
That was the situation facing Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team when they opened their season Monday in the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament.
Head coach Travis Titsworth was encouraged with what he saw from his squad, but unfortunately it did not result in a victory, as the Tigers dropped a 70-62 decision to Dieterich.
"For a first game with a team that's young and inexperienced, I have no complaints," Titsworth said. "Sure there are things we can do better, but I was pleased with how they played."
Monday night's opener was close throughout, which included the teams playing to a dead heat, 11-11, after one quarter of play. Hutsonville-Palestine came out firing in the second quarter and built a 10-point lead, but Dieterich rallied, eventually outscoring the Tigers 22-19 in the period to take a 33-30 lead at halftime.
Dieterich controlled the third quarter, outscoring Hutsonville-Palestine 22-16 in the period to extend their lead to 55-46 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Tigers would not go down without a fight.
A basket by Dylan Webster and a three-pointer from Matt Schmidlin pulled Hutsonville-Palestine to within four, 55-51, with 6:57 to play, but Dieterich countered by scoring the next five points to push the lead back to nine, 60-51, with 5:20 left.
Landon Williams would knock down a jump shot from the elbow and after a Dieterich free throw, Webster buried a three-pointer to get the Tigers to within five, 61-56, with 3:47 remaining, but they could not get any closer.
Still, the Tigers continued to scratch and claw to stay in the game. After Dieterich got the lead back to nine, Webster made a jump shot and later added a free throw to close the gap to 65-59 with 2:16 left. Trailing by eight after a Dieterich basket with less than two minutes to go, Hutsonville-Palestine was unable to cash in on several opportunities to score down the stretch. Dieterich added a free throw with 33.9 seconds left to get the lead back to nine, but Graham Alspach would make three of four free throws to get make the score 68-62 with 18.2 seconds left. However, the Tigers were unable to get the ball back and two free throws from Dieterich's Dalton Hinterscher with 6.8 seconds left sealed the win for the Movin' Maroons.
"This was a game of momentum changes," Titsworth said. "Both teams had runs, but we couldn't get that last one to finish the game."
Webster led Hutsonville-Palestine with 18 points, five rebounds, four steals, two assists and one blocked shot, while Tyler Heflin posted 18 points, two rebounds and two steals. Alspach netted 11 points, five rebounds and one assist, Cole Wesner contributed five points and two rebounds, Schmidlin totaled four points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Williams added three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal and Treyver Ferguson had three points and two rebounds.
Hinterscher led Dieterich with 36 points, while Brandon Westjohn was also in double figures with 15.
"We didn't get the win, but I was pleased with the way game No. 1 went against a pretty good Dieterich team," Titsworth said. "If we play like that, our next two games are winnable."
In the other pool play game Monday, host Cumberland beat Martinsville 52-36.
Hutsonville-Palestine (0-1) will play Cumberland at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament tonight at 7:30.
2012 Cumberland Boys
At Cumberland High School
Hutsonville-Palestine 11 19 16 16 - 62
Dieterich 11 22 22 15 - 70
Dylan Webster 4-9 3-9 1-2 18, Matt Schmidlin 0-2 1-3 1-2 4, Tyler Heflin 3-5 4-11 0-0 18, Graham Alspach 1-4 2-6 3-6 11, Kienan Knecht 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Wesner 0-0 1-1 2-4 5, Blake Newlin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Landon Williams 1-1 0-3 1-2 3, Treyver Ferguson 0-0 1-5 0-0 3, TOTALS 9-22 2FG, 12-38 3FG, 8-16 FT, 62 TP.
Dalton Hinterscher 12 7-12 36, Tanner Traub 2 1-4 7, Austin Bushue 1 1-1 3, Josh Campbell 0 0-0 0, Alex Bohnhoff 2 0-0 5, Nick Feldhake 0 0-0 0, Devin Aherin 1 0-0 2, Brandon Westjohn 6 3-8 15, Travis Niemerg 0 2-2 2, TOTALS 24 FG, 14-27 FT, 70 TP.
3-point goals - Heflin 4, Webster 3, Alspach 2, Schmidlin, Wesner, Ferguson, Hinterscher 5, Traub 2, Bohnhoff. Turnovers - HPHS 8, DHS 12. Team fouls - HPHS 22, DHS 16. Fouled out - Heflin, Williams. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (HPHS 28) Schmidlin 8, Webster 5, Alspach 5, Heflin 2, Williams 2, Wesner 2, Ferguson 2, Newlin, Knecht. Steals - (HPHS 8) Webster 4, Heflin 2, Schmidlin, Williams. Assists - (HPHS 8) Schmidlin 3, Webster 2, Williams 2, Alspach. Blocked shots - (HPHS 2) Webster, Schmidlin.
Next game - Hutsonville-Palestine (0-1) will play Cumberland at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament tonight at 7:30.
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