GILTNER — With the season winding down, the Class D-2 No. 2 Giltner boys basketball team looks prime to make another run in the postseason, winning seven of its last eight games heading into Thursday.
The two-time defending state champion Hornets stayed hot, especially from 3-point range, and defeated Silver Lake 56-43. Giltner shot 40 percent from long range, hitting eight treys. The Hornets finished the game shooting 20-for-44 from the field. But despite the efficient shooting, Giltner had trouble closing the door on the Mustangs.
"We've struggled closing teams out. ... Somehow we have to fix that and stay more concentrated," Giltner head coach Matt Drew said. "(Silver Lake's) kids kept fighting."
That was the story of the night. Giltner (17-3) went on several scoring runs, just to have the Mustangs (8-12) claw their way back to make it a competitive game. In the first quarter, Giltner jumped out to an 8-2 lead with less than three minutes remaining. But Silver Lake closed the quarter on a 9-6 run, thanks to a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to end the opening period with a 14-11 deficit.