The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Defense rules

Hawk boys 'defend hard' all night in 55-51 win over Orabs


January 20, 2022


Mason Brinkman and a Sheldon player eye each other in this one-on-one matchup during the Hawks' 55-51 win.

Defense played a big role in ending the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn boys' basketball team's four-game losing skid. Playing solid defense throughout the game, the Hawks held off Sheldon's late charge to earn a 55-51 win on Jan. 10 in Hartley.

"Our defense was the key all night. We defended hard all game," said Hawk coach Naet Hoaglund.

The Hawks matched their defensive intensity with a hot start on offense, leading to an 8-0 lead. The rest of the first quarter was a draw, ending with H-M-S out in front, 14-7. Sheldon fought back in the second quarter to force an 18-18 tie. Two baskets to close ou...

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