In their first contest since Dec. 21, Horizon hosted Heritage (5-3) Jan. 7. Despite a slim lead going to the second quarter, a dominant push from the reserves of the Hawks helped provide the home …
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In their first contest since Dec. 21, Horizon hosted Heritage (5-3) Jan. 7. Despite a slim lead going to the second quarter, a dominant push from the reserves of the Hawks helped provide the home team with a 25-7 run in the frame to push their lead to a commanding 40-21 lead, never looking back in the 66-56 win.
“We got off to a slow start in the first quarter, but we have a deep team,” Horizon coach Chad Wilson said after the game. “We went to the bench, and those guys really sparked us and turned things around. It was a 1-point game at the end of one, and then we went on a big run in the second quarter, spearheaded by the energy that came off the bench.”
Behind senior Joel Gollihare and sophomores Ambrose Montano, Coby Jimenez, Blake Kramer and Esmond Griffin, the bench tallied 13 points in the opening half matched with 10 and seven, respectively from senior Daric Conkright and sophomore Tabor Robison from the starting group. With seven sophomores sprinkled throughout the roster, the length and talent of this group is quite impressive — and will only get better.
“It’s really nice to have,” Wilson said of his team’s depth. “Everyone needs to know that if you’re not bringing it, there is someone behind you that will. We need to pick it up and get a more consistent effort from everyone. Tonight, the starters came out lethargic, and the bench picked us up. Once we get everyone clicking at the same time, we are going to be a dangerous team.”
Heritage made their final noticed run in the third after closing the gap to 46-35 with 2:23 remaining in the third, but a 7-2 run by the Hawks spaced their lead out once again to a comfortable margin going to the fourth.
After a three-pointer and dunk by Conkright early in the fourth, the starters were pulled, and a couple of late baskets wasn’t enough for the Eagles to make things close down the stretch. However, despite snapping the 2-game losing streak, Wilson knows this team can only get better.
“There were moments we were very good, then there are moments trying to put that game away, and we were very bad. There is a lot of youth, a lot of sophomores learning every day, and the more we put consistency together, again, we will be a dangerous team.”
Conkright led the Hawks with 15 points followed by 13 from Robison and 10 by sophomore Brock Wisne. Wisne recorded a team-high seven rebounds with senior Dylan Knabb tallying six. Sophomore point guard Xavier Harris recorded five of the team’s 12 assists on the evening.
Wrapping up the week Jan. 10, the Hawks defeated Broomfield in dramatic fashion, 62-61, to take their conference opener.
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