The Hauser boys basketball team might be hitting its stride at the right time.
Following their impressive win against Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Morristown on Saturday, the Jets held off visiting Eastern Hancock 67-56 to earn their second straight conference victory.
Hauser used its strengths to jump out to a quick lead against the Royals. Strong inside play enabled the Jets to go into halftime with a lead. Hauser used its size advantage against Eastern Hancock to spread the defense and find open shots.
“We’re coming together as a team and focusing on what we need to do on the basketball court,” Hauser coach Bob Nobbe said. “We like to look inside first (on offense). When you can pound it inside and get some high-percentage shots, it opens up the outside. I’m pleased with how we’re looking at every option.”
“We always want to get the bigs going first,” said Hauser senior Trey Shipley, who led all scorers with 16 points. “When we do, it gets the guards open on the outside. We all work hard and practice and try to carry that into the game.”
The Jets’ (8-8, 5-3) defense kept the Royals (10-4, 4-2) dependent on their outside shooting. Eastern Hancock responded by making 11 3-point shots, but Hauser answered by focusing on its defense in the fourth quarter to protect the lead.
“Tonight, for the most part, I think we played four complete quarters of basketball,” Nobbe said. “We came out with good focus and effort, kept the turnovers down and didn’t lose our cool when they began to challenge us. I’m very proud of our entire team tonight.”
The Jets’ continued presence inside led to foul trouble for the Royals late in the game. Hauser made 15-of-22 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
“The guards do a good job of feeding us inside,” said Hauser sophomore Zach Johnson, who scored 13 points. “We work hard inside to pressure the defense so the guards have more choices. We work on that during practice.”
Zach Gearhart added 10 points for the Jets.