- BOYS BASKETBALL: Waverly Defense Too Much Hastings
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---After giving up 20 points in the third quarter, the Waverly boys basketball team had to readjust defensively.
Switching between their 1-3-1 zone and a man-to-man defense, the Vikings were able to force turnovers and pulled away to hold off Hastings 57-46 in boys basketball Thursday night at Waverly High School.
Waverly (13-7) allowed only seven points and scored 13 in the final quarter to hold off a Hastings comeback. The Tigers got as close as 44-39 at the end of the third quarter, until the Vikings started a 10-0 run behind a three-pointer from Dylan Janecek with 6:32 left in the game.
Erik Evans then scored inside and Sam Tewes added a basket followed by an Adam Jorgensen three-pointer to extend the Waverly lead to 54-39 with 3:30 to play.
Hastings didn't score until 3:00 left in the game, when Matt Karloff scored on a layup. Jorgensen scored on an alley-oop for Waverly, then Hastings countered with a three-pointer from Mark Goodin and Evans hit one of two free-throws to make it 57-44 Vikings with 2:02 left.
Will Reimer, who led Hastings with 11 points, scored the final basket of the night.
In the first half, the Vikings led 13-9 after the first quarter and finished the second quarter on an 11-6 run to lead 28-19 at halftime.
Evans led Waverly with 19 points, while Jorgensen added 18 points and Brandon Janssen finished with 10 points to help the Vikings.