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Study pays off for Saxons in win over RedHawks

Hastings' Carter Cappon flies over the paint to get a shot off during his team's I-8 victory over visiting Marshall Friday. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

The first half of the Interstate-8 Athletic Conference schedule closed with a Saxon victory, their second of the season, Friday night.

Hastings varsity boys' basketball team improved its record to 2-7, getting its first victory since a Dec. 20 ballgame with Jackson Lumen Christi, by knocking off visiting Marshall 58-43.

“We were able to get it done on both ends of the floor,” Hastings head coach Rich Long said. “Defensively, we held everyone on Marshall's team to under double digits. A player in the locker room said, 'coach, they did everything just like we had practiced and scouted against.' It felt like we knew what they wanted to do on every play and worked hard to stop it from happening. We also matched that mental preparation with great energy and determination.”

Shooting well helped too. The Saxons were 8-of-20 from three-point range after hitting their first four three-pointers in the first half. Long said his guys got the offensive rebound on most of those missed three-point attempts.

“We were also able to execute our secondary set plays to counter their defensive attack,” Long said.

Hastings had seven players score in the ballgame, led by Kirby Beck's 15 points. Evan Eastman added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Saxons.

“Our energy was also matched by the excitement and encouragement of our student section and fans,” Long said.

“We are at the mid-season point of a long season and this win will hopefully turn things around after a tough few games prior,” he added.

The Saxons start the second swing through the Interstate-8 Athletic Conference season at home Friday against Coldwater, and then will be home again Tuesday for a non-conference match-up with Charlotte.

Marshall is now 5-6 overall on the season after a loss at East Lansing Tuesday.

Jack Crull led the RedHawks with seven points last Friday. Trenton Fuller, Javon Hearron and Nauvion Burnett had six points apiece.

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