Hoisington boys pull away from Halstead in second half
Hoisington sees second half boost over Halstead
HOISINGTON, Kan. – Few players around Kansas have as many dunks this winter as does Hoisington senior Bralen Thompson. Friday night Thompson added two more two his tally, but more importantly, he took the game over in the third quarter. A 28-22 halftime lead stretched to 20 points by the end of the third quarter as the Cardinals rolled by Halstead 62-45.
“We got it to a 10-point lead and spread the floor the entire way and made them guard us the entire half of the court, which allowed us to penetrate and get to the rim,” said Cardinal coach Kyle Haxton. “That was the difference.”
Halstead evened the score at 22 on a 3-pointer from senior Jackson Swift late in the first half. Thompson answered with a putback and a pair of assists to freshman Jeremy Robinson to give the Cards the 28-22 edge at the half.
Hoisington senior Noah Dolezal opened the third quarter with a pair of baskets, then it was the Thompson show. He point down one jam and scored 10 points in under six minutes to push the Cardinal lead to 43-24. Hoisington sophomore Caiden Hoffman scored near the buzzer to bump the gap to 47-27.
That trio carried the momentum into the third quarter and Hoffman scored just 14 seconds in. Dolezal added a putback, and Thompson provided the exclamation point with a drive down the lane and a tomahawk jam with 4:35 remaining. Hoisington pushed towards a running clock before emptying its bench.
Early on, Dragon freshman Braxton Creed proved to be a handful with a pair of early threes. Dolezal and Thompson combined for 10 points on the other end for a 13-10 Hoisington score after one quarter.
Halstead never led after the first quarter but the Dragons did manage to tie the score at 15 and 22, both times on points from Swift. Both times Thompson had the answer. He scored 22 of his 24 points in three quarters and also grabbed seven boards.
Swift was a force all night to pace the Dragons with 20 points and eight rebounds. Creed did not score in the middle frames but finished strong to end with 11 points. Dolezal added 14 points and six rebounds for Hoisington, and Robinson scored his six points in the middle quarters.
A rebuilding Hoisington team moves back to the winning side at 8-7 after a 1-1 showing against Haven and Phillipsburg this week. Those games were decided by a total of eight points. Half of the losses have come against ranked teams ranging from Class 1A to 5A.
“We play hard every night,” Haxton said. “That’s one these guys do is fight defensively. If we’re knocking down shots and not turning the ball over we’re going to have a chance to be in games. The teams we’ve lost to this year, the majority of them are state-ranked teams. We’re going to keep battling and get better. Hopefully we can make some noise in the postseason.”
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