TRAFALGAR — The Hauser boys basketball team simply looked like it couldn’t miss its 3-pointers all night.
But while the Jets connected on big shots, Indian Creek started creating rallies of its own to cause quite a scare.
With a 35-24 lead in the second half, Hauser was able to survive the late runs the Braves put on to win 60-51 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference opener.
The Jets took advantage of shots from behind the arc early, and connected on six 3-pointers in the first half, two coming from Trey Shipley. Hauser coach Bob Nobbe said 3-point shots gave his team the momentum early.
“I was very pleased with our performance in the early part of the game,” Nobbe said. “We knocked down some big 3s that got our engine going.”
While it looked like it was going to be a blowout going into the half at one point with the Jets (3-1, 1-0) leading 24-8, the Braves (0-1, 0-1) started to take a more aggressive approach to the basket and scored 18 points, going on a 9-2 run to end the half, with Hauser leading 35-24.
“We got very effective with the press,” Nobbe said. “Indian Creek kept coming at us with their pressure late in the first half, but we kept our composure.”
The Braves didn’t back down after the first half and started putting up solid shots from inside, outscoring the Jets in the third quarter 13-10.
But it was the clutch shooting of Hauser in the fourth that kept the game from getting scary, with a strong performance from guard Zach Johnson, who connected on four shots, one being a 3-pointer to score 11 points, while forward Zach Gearhart and Shipley scored 10 points.
The Jets outscored the Braves 15-14, in what was mostly both teams exchanging big shots down the stretch.
“We did some positive things in the second half, but we struggled early with our execution,” Nobbe said. “Indian Creek kept making runs and we needed to be able to handle the ball better.”
Nobbe said the team’s ability to finish strong in the fourth quarter was a key factor in the win.
“I’m very proud of the way our guys finished the game,” Nobbe said. “We hit some key free throws and shots at the end, and we took care of the basketball when we really needed to have some key possessions.”
While Hauser maintained a 16-point lead for most of the first half, Nobbe said the team’s strong point was its teamwork in the end.
“I would’ve been happy with the distant lead we had in the first half,” Nobbe said. “But I am also proud of how the guys came through for us in the end to pull away the win.”