Hawks shut down Warriors, secure spot at state
HURON—Canistota locked down Castlewood in the third quarter and booked its ticket to the Class B state boys basketball tournament as a result.
The Hawks pulled away from the Warriors for a 67-49 win in a Round of 16 state-qualifying game at the Huron Arena on Wednesday. It is Canistota's first state tournament berth since 2011.
After pulling out an overtime win over Viborg-Hurley in the Round of 16 qualifier, the Hawks (20-3) used a strong third quarter to put away the Warriors. And it started with defense.
"It was all on the defense," Canistota senior Connor Carlson said. "Everybody stayed pumped up like they did in the first quarter and just got the win."
Canistota led from start to finish, but the Warriors overcame a quick 8-0 deficit and got within 36-33 at halftime. The Warriors (14-8) went the first 5-plus minutes of the third quarter without scoring a field goal.
Canistota coach Pat Jolley said the Hawks switched things up defensively at halftime, with Scott Jolley defending Caleb DeKam and Carlson guarding Brandon Benike.
"We made some switches because they were killing us," coach Jolley said. "... and we talked about how we were going to handle the ball screens. I was real happy. I thought it was a lot of guts in the second half."
The Hawks, meanwhile, converted on the offensive end and stretched their lead to 49-40 after the third quarter. Canistota put the game away in the fourth quarter and sealed the game at the free-throw line.
Carlson, a 6-foot-5 post, powered the Hawks with 25 points and 17 rebounds. But he also had plenty of help, as Tyce Ortman netted 15 points and Trey Ortman scored 11 points. Jolley had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.
"That means everything, when everyone is contributing and playing the game," Carlson said about the balance. "One guy can't do it alone. That was the whole team that did that."
There was some bad news for the Hawks. Senior guard Jordan Lee, who missed the first half of the season recovering from ACL surgery, left the game twice after re-injuring the knee.
"It doesn't look very good," coach Jolley said. "I think they are going to do an MRI."
Coach Jolley said Jared Tieszen will start in Lee's place at state if he's unavailable.
The Hawks will learn their tourney opponent today after the rest of the Round of 16 games are played. Carlson played in the Class B state tournament last season with Parker and will draw from that experience next weekend.
"You just have to bring a lot of intensity," Carlson said. "That's what I tell the guys. They haven't been there before, just a lot of intensity and come out that first night and get the win."
CAS 16 33 40 49
CAN 23 36 49 67
Castlewood (14-8): Kyler Tvedt 3, Brandon Benike 18, Caleb DeKam 19, Noah Wiersma 4, Kaden Eng 5.
Canistota (20-3): Trey Ortman 11, Tyce Ortman 15, Jordan Lee 4, Scott Jolley 10, Connor Carlson 25, Jared Tieszen 2.