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Tom Miller / Forum Communications Co., Published January 20 2010

Boys basketball: Nuggets ride Green Wave

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – After being on the losing side of a hot-shooting West Central team last week, Hawley boys basketball coach Jon Hinrichs understood East Grand Forks Senior High’s sentiment.

“They must have been like ‘what the heck?’” Hinrichs said.

That’s because the Nuggets couldn’t miss in a 46-point first half, which included eight 3-pointers.

Hawley rode the hot start to a 73-60 victory over the Green Wave on Tuesday night in the Senior High gymnasium.

Hawley, which entered the game fourth in Minnesota South Subsection 8A, improved to 7-4. The Green Wave, who were in first place in the north half of the section, dropped to 8-5.

The Nuggets came out firing from the get-go. Hawley opened the game on an 8-3 run after two quick 3-pointers by Mike Hanson and Jacob Bjornson.

Hanson and Bjornson each knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half.

“We shot very well,” Hinrichs said. “Part of that was moving the ball well. One of the keys was also that we had three turnovers in the whole first half. In the second half, I think we had a stretch where we turned the ball over on five of six possessions.”

Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund was quick to credit the Nuggets, but also voiced displeasure with his team’s defensive effort.

“They must have shot a good percentage,” Frydenlund said. “But we gave up 46 points in a half and only committed three fouls. We were just way too nonchalant. We didn’t get after anyone. We need to have more energy on the defensive end.”

Hawley’s Taylor Harms knocked down two free throws to give the Nuggets a 46-24 halftime lead, the biggest of the game for Hawley.

Senior High dug into that lead in the second half, cutting the deficit to as low as seven points.

Green Wave forward Alex Miller scored down low on a feed from Nathan Carlson to cut the Hawley lead to 60-53 with 5:18 to go.

Despite a number of chances to further cut into the lead, that was as close as the Senior High comeback would make it. Hawley came back with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to ice it.

The dagger came on a Hanson trey from the right corner that pushed Hawley’s lead to 67-53 with 3:38 remaining.

After Hawley hit eight 3-pointers in the first half, Hanson’s key 3-pointer was the Nuggets’ only basket from deep over the final 20 minutes.

Hanson finished with 17 points, while Bjornson had a game-high 20.

“We cranked it up defensively in the second half,” Frydenlund said.

HALF: H 46, EGF 24.

H: Hanson 17, Severson 2, Spaeth 2, Bjornson 20, Regnier 2, Harms 13, VanHavermate 8, Olson 9.

EGF: Frydenlund 12, Bauduin 19, Carlson 17, Miller 4, Misialek 8.

Tom Miller is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.