It was a close game through two quarters, but the National boys team opened things up in the second half and cruised to a 113-95 victory over the Americans in the Hastings Area All-Star Game at Adams Central Saturday evening.
Leading just 52-49 at the halftime break, the Nationals got an explosive offensive attack over the final two quarters with seven players finishing in double figure scoring. St. Cecilia’s Chris Hartford led with a team-high 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Bluehawk teammate Ceasar Teano added 17 points, including a number of nifty reverse layups to spark the offense.
Also for the National squad, Minden’s R.J. Watson joined Teano with 17 points, which included six straight points on drives to the basket to give the Nationals a 52-45 lead they would never relinquish. Former Sutton star Austan Rath chipped in with 14 points, while Silver Lake’s Jaydn Grabill had 13. Nate Nelson of Burwell finished with 11 points, and Doniphan-Trumbull’s Blake Treat had 10.
Leading the way for the Americans was Sandy Creek’s Mitch Hinrichs with a game-high 21 points, while Cougar teammate Andrew Kuta added five. Adams Central’s Matt Brown finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while twin brother Marc added nine points and seven boards. The Giltner Hornets had five players on the team, with Dustin Hastings leading those with 12 points and Dylan Hinrichs adding 10.
The American girls team used an early offensive spark and a late surge to capture a 75-56 win over the National squad in the Hastings Area All-Star Game on Saturday night at Adams Central.
After building an early 15-2 advantage to start the game, the Americans had to use a late run to put away the Nationals for good after the Nationals had climbed back to within four at 47-43 late in the third period.
“We got off to a great start and both teams really had a lot of runs,” said American coach Russ Ninemire of Sandy Creek. “The last eight minutes of the game we really just had to take over. I told the girls to have some pride and really play some defense.”