Free fall: Broncos make 23 of 24 FTs in 10-point win over Hawks

JEWELL – Colin Lane was a 62 percent free throw shooter when he stepped onto Coach Jim Marsh Court Saturday night.

He probably had no idea his accuracy was going to take an 11-point bump by night’s end.

Lane – 18 of 29 at the charity stripe prior to the game – made good on all 12 of his free throws en route to 18 points, as he led Belmond-Klemme to a foul line clinic and 76-66 non-conference victory over South Hamilton.

The Broncos (11-2) – who spent the first month of the season ranked in the top 10 (Class 1A) – connected on 23 of 24 free throws (96 percent) in the game and outscored the Hawks (7-5) by 20 points at the line. The visitors made 68.5 percent of their free throws entering the contest.

“After watching the video of the game, the (free throw discrepancy) was merited,” South Hamilton head coach B.J. Terrones said. “They just did a better job than we did of controlling the basketball and then taking the ball to the basket under control.”

Five players scored in double figures for Belmond-Klemme. Elijah Kinseth went off for 17, Court Christianson and Nathan Hildebrand both had 14 and Kody Smith finished with 10.

“They’ve got a good ball club,” Terrones said of the Broncos. “They have a very good four-man in Kinseth; he’s a quality ballplayer and he just makes the other players better around him.”

John Hegland did it all for the Hawks. The senior forward finished with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Josh Doering produced 14 points and three steals. Matt Hislop chipped in 10 points.

The Hawks overcame the free throw disadvantage by raining in nine 3-point baskets. Hislop, Hegland, Ross Enderson and Lucas Olson all made two.

South Hamilton led 19-15 after one quarter, but then the Broncos caught fire, outscoring the Hawks 25-12 in the second period.

Hawks beat HOIC foe

DES MOINES – South Hamilton led wire-to-wire and jumped to 7-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference here on Friday with a 59-52 victory over Saydel.

Hegland (17), Justin Shepherd (13), Doering (12) and Hislop (10) all scored in double figures for the Hawks’ balanced attack. Doering added seven rebounds, Hegland had six boards and three steals, and Hislop registered six caroms, six assists and two steals.

Alex Gustafson notched 20 points for Saydel (1-11, 1-9 HOIC), which has dropped 11 consecutive games after opening its season with a victory. B.J. Freeman poured in 15 points.

The two teams were whistled for a combined 43 fouls, and they shot 54 free throws. The Eagles held a 25-14 scoring advantage at the line.