Tiger boys handle Washburn easily to win 72-42NHS hosts Ashland tonight
The Northwestern High School boys basketball team played its first game of the season Thursday as the Tigers hosted the Donavon Mackey Tip-off Classic at the new gym in Maple.
In the early game, South Shore took on Ashland and won 70-69 with a shot at the buzzer. The lead changed four times in the final 20 seconds of the game.
Northwestern’s match with Washburn in the second game had a less dramatic finish.
With senior Steve Tecker watching from the bench, the Tigers pulled ahead of Washburn early and never surrendered their lead to win 72-42.
Northwestern took 24-7 after one quarter behind strong 3-point shooting. The Tigers finished the night with 10 baskets from beyond the arc, and half of those came in the opening quarter.
At halftime, the Tigers were up 32-16. Northwestern then outscored Washburn 27-9 in the third quarter to put the game away for good.
Nine Northwestern players scored in Thursday night’s game. Leading the way was Donnie Hissa with 14 points, including 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line. Lee Brown and Tyler Forsythe hit a pair of 3-pointers each to finish with 12 and 10 points respectively, and Kendall Abrahamzon also finished in double figures with 10 points. Timmy Follis hit a trio of three pointers for nine points, John Darwin finished with seven, Justin Alexson had four and Steve Perry and Jake Dunphy scored three points each.
Alex Cook had an impressive showing for Washburn. He made four 3-pointers, all in the fourth quarter, and went 9-for-12 at the free throw line to score 31 of Washburns 42 points.
The Tigers are back in action again today when they play the Ashland Oredockers in the second day of the Donavon Mackey Tip-off Classic.