Grafton boys drop overtime thriller

Black Hawks go 1-1 against the West Bend teams in the past week while improving their skills
Ozaukee Press staff


Grafton High School boys’ basketball coach Damon James said he is pleased with his team’s development so far in several aspects of the game.

Now, the Black Hawks just have to find the bottom of the net a little more often.

That’s what West Bend East’s Dylan Polster did when it mattered most last Friday, draining a contested fade-away three-pointer from the right wing with two seconds left in overtime.

The Hawks called timeout, but had to go the full length of the court. They got off a three-quarters-court shot that missed as time expired and lost on the road, 68-65.

“I give him credit,” James said of Polster hitting the game-winner.

Polster ended up leading all scorers with 27 points, and his teammate T.J. Simpson had 22.

Simpson made one of two free throws at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Guard Alex Huibregtse led the Hawks with 19 points, going 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-4 on three-pointers.

Guard Bryson Clague and forward J.P. Benzschawel each scored 14 before they fouled out. Jaden Polack had seven and Jacob Aleknavicius added six.

Benzschawel used his 6-foot-7-inch frame to grab 10 rebounds, and Huibregtse and Clague each had five assists.

“It was a battle, back and forth,” James said. “Tons of lead changes and fouls.”

The Hawks held a 27-24 halftime lead before the Suns came back just enough to force overtime.

The Hawks didn’t shoot well at the line, making only 10 of 19, to the Suns’ 22 of 32.

“That kind of hurt us,” James said. “If we go 13 for 19...”

The Hawks went 2-for-43 from the field and 5-for-18 on three-pointers.

“We’ve got to continue to shoot the ball better,” he said.

But James is happy with his team’s improvement and its assist-to-turnover ratio (18-8 against East) and rebounding.
Grafton edges West Bend West

Huibregtse led all scorers with 24 points on Nov. 27 in a 54-47 victory at West Bend West.

“He made some plays down the stretch for us,” James said.

Polack added 15 points. Benzschawel had six to go along with 11 rebounds. Huibregtse had six assists.

The Hawks took a 26-20 halftime lead and hung on.

“It was a grind-it-out win,” James said. “It got close in the second half. Guys stepped up and made plays.”

The Hawks went 15-for-28 from the field but only 5-for-25 on three-pointers.

Aaron Tennies led West with 18 points.

Toy drive to be held at Friday’s home game

The Grafton Student Council, in conjunction with Homestead, will not be charging admission for Friday’s varsity game.

Instead, fans are asked to bring a donation or a toy for the Kapco Kids2Kids Toy Drive to benefit low-income children for the holidays.

Donations will be accepted at the table at the main entrance. A bin for toys will be available as well.

The Hawks (1-1) host Homestead (2-0)  at 7:15 p.m.
They play at Whitefish Bay (1-1) on Tuesday, Dec. 11.



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