‘It was my night’: Hislop takes charge, scores 25 in Hawks win over Gilbert

GILBERT – Matt Hislop doesn’t want to physically feel like an 18-year-old the mornings after basketball games. He actually prefers the aches and pains that belong to middle-aged men after a hardwood battle.

“I hate when I come off the floor and I feel like there’s something I left out there,” Hislop, South Hamilton’s senior guard, said. “When I’m not a little bit sore and a little beat up, I don’t like that.”

Hislop – all 5-foot-11, 180 pounds of him – left every bit of energy, every drip of sweat he possessed on the court Friday night, as he drove the lane and scored at will in the Hawks 69-58 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over rival Gilbert.

Hislop poured in a game-high 25 points, including a personalized 12-0 spurt over the final 3:06 of the second quarter and initial 52 seconds of the third quarter. He single-handedly expanded the Hawks’ lead from 25-23 to 37-23, and the rush of points began with a four-point play after he was fouled while making his only 3 of the night from the right wing.

“I kind of got pumped up on that four-point play,” Hislop said. “The one great thing about us is we have a bunch of guards that can score. (Friday) it was my night.”

Hislop dropped in a pair of lay-ups near the end of the first half and added another driving hoop early in the third period.

Freshman guard Collin Hill wasn’t too shabby either despite playing with five stitches in his hand. He continued to turn heads with his play at both ends of the floor; he canned three triples and scored 15 points, and also had six rebounds and three blocks. Two of his snuffs came in the final three minutes after Gilbert (3-4, 2-4 HOIC) trimmed a double-digit deficit down to as few as four.

“As a freshman he’s insane,” Hislop said of Hill. “I thought I was pretty good as a freshman, but he’s incredible. And the thing about him is he’s so unselfish. He can defend, he can rebound and I found out (Friday night) he can block shots, too.”

South Hamilton (5-1, 5-1 HOIC) got production all over the floor. Andrew Wintermote pitched in 13 points and two steals. Zach Puls finished with six points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Trevor Ullestad also added six points.

The Hawks owned a 36-26 edge on the glass, leading to plenty of second-chance opportunities. Trevor Smith came off the bench and provided a spark, particularly in the second quarter; he chipped in four points and six caroms.

“Trevor Smith did a great job … he had a really good second quarter with offensive rebounds,” South Hamilton head coach B.J. Terrones said.

South Hamilton was in control from the start, scoring the opening six points of the game. But Gilbert never gave in; the Tigers trimmed multiple sizable deficits down to within striking distance thanks to a strong night from the perimeter. They buried nine 3s, led by Wesley Greder with four and 20 points. Ryan Blum knocked down three shots from behind the arc and finished with 13 points.

“Basketball is a game of runs, so we do understand the importance of being able to withstand their run. Sometimes it’s a matter of who has the ball last,” Terrones said. “We did a good job of getting ahead early and then after we got ahead we were able to keep that lead.”

South Hamilton closed the game on a 9-2 run over the final 3:20 after Gilbert climbed to within 60-56 on back-to-back 3s from Blum and Greder.

No. 5 Gaels hang on to top Hawks, 57-53

JEWELL – Trailing by seven points with three minutes remaining, the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team closed to within a bucket in the final minute, but got no closer in a 57-53 setback against fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Coach Jim Marsh Court Saturday evening.

The unbeaten Gaels (6-0) took the lead for good in the second quarter. They were up 29-25 at the half and 48-43 after three quarters.

St. Edmond’s lanky front line of 6-foot-6 senior Robby Burke and 6-5 Konrad Laufersweiler accounted for 45 points. Laufersweiler went off for a career-high 30 and 10 rebounds; Burke finished with 15 points and 10 boards.

Freshman Collin Hill drained five of the Hawks’ 10 3-point baskets on his way to a team-high 19 points.Trevor Ullestad buried a pair of 3s and finished with 12, while Andrew Wintermote added nine and Matt Hislop eight.