H-L gets first home win

BASCOM- On the first day of Christmas, coach Adam Smith gave his team, Hopewell-Loudon’s first home win 72-43 over Calvert.

The Chieftains were led with Ryan Lommerse’s eight total field goals, eight total rebounds, four foul shots made, 1-for-2 3-point effort – everything but a partridge in a pear tree.

Tyler Imes backed Lommerse with 17 points, was near perfect going 7 for 8 from the field, 1 for 1 on 3-pointers, and two free throws for Hopewell-Loudon.

“We’ve been trying to stress when our two bigs are not on the floor to get the ball out and go. When we get a turnover, we’re not holding it, we push it and go,” Smith said.

It was hard to deny the “two bigs,” considering they made up 38 of the 72 Chieftains’ points. Yet, each turnover Hopewell-Loudon forced was charged right down the lane to a waiting teammate.

“We’ve been working on a new offense and when transition is not there, we don’t flog up a terrible shot. We get the ball out and go into an offense and take only the shots we know we can make,” Smith said.

Calvert was unable to get anything going at the beginning of the game, trailing the Chieftains on a 16-2 run in the first period. It wasn’t breathing new life into the Senecas, but Calvert gained a little breathing room by posting 13 more points in the second.

Drew Ritzler took hold of the controls, scoring eight of the Senecas’ 17 points as they headed to half-time down 37-17.

Ritzler finished with 13 points, thanks to a 5-for-10 showing from the field and a 3-for-5 effort on 3-pointers.

Austin Ball contributed nine points, with Mike Bennett not far behind with eight. Marcus Somers led the team with six rebounds and an assist.

At the end of the game, the Senecas were only 31 percent on goal to Hopewell-Loudon’s 60 percent night (27 for 45).

The Chieftains led in rebounds with 31 and had 13 assists. Calvert’s 21 personal fouls didn’t help swing any momentum their way, and their 18 turnovers also hobbled them.

“It was big to get our first win on our new floor, to get that monkey off our back,” Smith said. “To come out and play well was most important, and the win tonight felt really nice going into Christmas.”