By: Donald Kane
The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles hosted the Hamilton Heights Huskies on Saturday night at the Nest. The Golden Eagles came into the game at 1-1, defeating Herron and losing to Roncalli. The Huskies came in 0-3, with losses to Lebanon, Mt. Vernon, and New Castle.
Both offenses started the game off slow in part due to turnovers and missing from close range. However, after making one shot, senior Zach Munson single-handedly kept the Golden Eagles in the game. Munson scored the first twelve, including all nine in the first period. After trailing 9-14 after the first quarter, the Golden Eagles played better at both ends of the floor in the second quarter. Not only did Zach Munson continue his strong play, dropping in five points, but senior Clay Hepp and junior Kian Sills made baskets as well. Guerin Catholic looked very good because their guards were attacking the basket, taking care of the ball, and crashing the glass on both ends of the floor. At halftime, the game was tied at 21 even though senior Jack Hansen did not play his best half of basketball.
Jack Hansen opened the second half with a three-pointer and it lit a spark under his teammates. Clay Hepp continued his strong play on the night by getting into the lane and converting on a floater and a tough layup. On the offensive side of the ball, it was a tough night for juniors Kian Sills and Luke Godfrey. They did not take a lot of shots, but when they did they did not seem to fall. However, having off nights offensively did not stop them from playing good defense. Both Sills and Godfrey stayed in front of their man defensively and did not make it easy for the Huskies guards to get into the lane.
The fourth quarter was very tight, but tonight was just not Guerin’s night. Hamilton Heights were making mid-range jumpers and three-pointers at a very high percentage, and while using up a lot of clock. In a close game, it seemed very demoralizing to Guerin and the great defense they played only to see Hamilton Heights make difficult shots on numerous occasions. The offense was moving at a slow pace and at times looked tired, which could have been a result of exerting so much energy on the defensive end.
To sum up, it was not the Golden Eagles best night. However, that does not mean there were not positives to take away from the game. The offense did not play a bad game, and the looks they got were good. Tonight shots were simply not falling. Hamilton Heights made contested shots, and many times the Golden Eagles could not have played better defense. Guerin was in the game until the very end even with the offense not be able to generate many points and Hamilton Heights shooting a very high percentage from the field despite good defense.
Looking ahead, the Golden Eagles play at Indianapolis Arlington on Friday night and versus Muncie Central on Saturday night. Indianapolis Arlington is 2-2 on the year with their most recent game a 60-49 win over International on December 1st. On the other hand, Muncie Central is 1-1 on the year with an 80-46 win over Yorktown on November 25th being their most recent game played.