Olson takes on role of Mr. Clutch, Hawks fend off Comets in OT

JEWELL – It took Lucas Olson more than 35 minutes to finally find the bottom of the net here Friday night, but maybe stealing the spotlight was his plan all along.

With the game on the line, Olson rained in a pair of 3-pointers during the final minute of overtime to propel South Hamilton to a thrilling and hard-fought 67-65 victory over Heart of Iowa Conference rival North Polk.

Olson’s first triple gave the Hawks (6-3, 6-2 HOIC) a 64-63 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the extra session. After North Polk (6-4, 5-4 HOIC) jumped back ahead on a Hunter Brunsvold bucket, Olson again dialed it up from long distance, this time with only 19 ticks to go, to give South Hamilton the two-point edge it needed to prevail.

“Lucas hit some very big shots, there’s no question about it,” South Hamilton head coach B.J. Terrones said.

South Hamilton appeared to have the game well in hand with a 53-36 lead after three quarters. But North Polk rallied with a 23-8 spurt over the final 8 minutes of regulation to force overtime.

“We almost let one slip through our fingers,” Terrones said. “There were some times where I did see a few heads go down towards the ground, but in overtime (the players) were able to stick with it and finish it out.”

Matt Hislop canned four of the Hawks’ 10 3-pointers and he notched a team-high 18 points. But Hislop fouled out early in the fourth quarter and had to watch what he helped build almost crumble to the ground.

“Matt was having a great game, and he’s been playing with a lot more confidence lately,” Terrones said. “We played really solid through the first three quarters.”

Josh Doering (14) and John Hegland (11) also scored in double figures for the Hawks.

Brunsvold finished with a game-high 20 points. Jacob Hadaway (16), Russell Greene (13) and Eric Bonewitz (11) helped out as well for the Comets.

South Hamilton will host Nevada Tuesday night.