Riverside Christian vs HCS Stats 11-30-04
|Hesperia Christian|| |
|Team Totals||64|| 64||22/43||51%||11/17||64%|
||3 PT %
Hesperia Christian opened the 2004-2005 basketball season with a convincing 64-47 win over host Riverside Christian. Four Patriots were in double scoring figures: Zach Howard with 15, Loren Barton with 13, Nate Glass with 12 and Mike Maerzluft with 10. It was the super performance by the Patriots in the second and third quarters when they outscored the Cougars 12-4 and 24-14 that sealed this opening victory. The Patriot's inside game was as good as it has been in years. All the big men demonstrated how strong they can be in the paint. HCS had 38 rebounds tonight. Particularly notable was a fast break dunk by senior Nate Glass, which was the first game dunk by a Patriot in over 15 years.
Riverside Christian mounted a counter attack in the fourth quarter but just could not overcome the deficit that the Patriots built up in the middle quarters. HCS was not able to defend the two Cougar stars tonight as well as they should have. Jacob Van Hofwegen had 16 points and Victor Chaires had 12, all 3 pointers. Riverside Christian had seven threes to HCS'2 three pointers.
HCS answered the nagging summer question of where to find grad Josh Hamilton's 25 points with very balanced scoring. They did not however demonstrate that they can shoot free throws as only soph Mike Maerzluft and junior Zach Howard made 100% and 80% respectively. The rest shot 50% or less giving the team an overall free throw shooting percentage of 64%. That will have to improve with the new style of play HCS has adopted. Overall though, it was a solid first night performance by the Patriots and bids well for the future.
The 2004-2005 season opens tonight in Riverside for Hesperia Christian and Riverside Christian. Hesperia Christian is coming off an outstanding year where they finished #5 in Div VAA. Riverside Christian (11-9)went two rounds in last year's playoffs losing 74-35 to New Roads. The Cougars are still recovering from the loss of Manning and Klix from two years ago. They graduated six seniors from last year's squad. So it is safe to say this is a rebuilding year for them. The Patriots (18-8) are hoping to build on the success of the program last year. Still Coach Dobyns hopes to get answers to several questions about his squad. The Patriots will have to find about 70 points a game this year to pretty well guarantee wins each night. Summer league did not show where these 70 points were going to come from now that Josh Hamilton and his 25 points have graduated and he is now playing at Oral Roberts University. Of course, a tightened up defense negates the need for 70 points. And the other nagging question is whether HCS can shoot free throws, another flaw uncovered in summer league. So tonight's game with the Cougars of Riverside Christian is a perfect opportunity for Coach Dobyns and Coach Hamilton to assess their team's capabilities this year.
|25||Jacob Van Hofwegen||16||0|
|Riverside Christian|| |
|Team Totals||47|| 7|
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