HOPE — It was a tough Mid-Hoosier Conference battle on Friday night at Hauser, with the Jets falling 75-55 to North Decatur.
Both teams came out aggressive, with North Decatur scoring eight straight points to start out the game, along with notching three 3-point baskets in the first quarter alone.
Hauser responded in a different way, driving hard inside to force early fouls, and the Chargers were up only 15-12 heading into the second quarter.
However, North Decatur started to pull away in the second, outscoring the Jets 18-10 and hitting three more shots from beyond the arc.
Hauser continued to drive inside throughout the game, forcing over 10 Charger team fouls in the first quarter and eventually earned 23 points at the free throw line.
It wasn’t enough.
A seven-point run to start out the second half put the Chargers up 40-22, and they pulled away from there.
“Hauser played with a lot of toughness, and we knew that was the kind of effort we were going to get from them tonight,” North Decatur head coach Kyle Nobbe said. “I was really proud of how our team responded in clutch situations, and we were able to keep the game moving in our favor. This was a big conference win for us.”
Despite the Chargers getting into foul trouble throughout the game, Kyle Nobbe emphasized the importance of his bench players performing, with senior Kevin Geis notching 12 points off the bench for the Chargers.
North Decatur senior John Hammersmith led the Chargers with 27 points, followed by senior Jason Kirchhoff with 17.
Hauser head coach Bob Nobbe emphasized the importance of consistency in rebounding and turnover control for his young basketball team.
“This is the most solid four quarters we have played all season,” Bob Nobbe said. “We were able to keep better control of the ball and get some big points off turnovers which was a big thing for us tonight.”
Junior Aaron Branum led Hauser with 13 points, followed by Ryan Christy with 12 while Trey Shipley added 11 for the Jets.