On Friday, the Hinsdale Raiders traveled to Nashua to play the Porcupines. It was the first conference games for the Raiders boys and girls.
The boys had to work hard for their "W". They found the Porcupines to be a scrappy bunch and every time the Raiders opened up a sizable lead behind pinpoint shooting by Dallas Capdeville, the Porkie's Lane Nickels popped for a couple three pointers to close the gap.
But with Wyatt Pattison controlling the boards for the Raiders (11 points, 11 rebounds), and Brett Johnson's eight first half points, the Raiders ended up with a 12 point lead when the halftime came around. Brett added another point along with 3 rebounds and 3 steals for a very nice game.
Lukas Johnson put up 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had 5 blocks for a good game under the hoop in the paint. Kyle Albus added 7 points to the mix as well as 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. He has a nice outside shot and could maybe use it a little more.
Dallas was the go to, work horse in this game as he has been for the first few games. He's not a'feared of taking it to the hoop, he handles the ball well and sees the court. When he makes a mistake he has that ability to brush it off and get on with the game. He scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 assists and a steal for a well rounded game.
Coming off the bench Cache Younkin had a nice game as well scoring 7 points. He also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 steal.
Lane Nickels was big for the Porcupines with 16 points followed by Trafton Mayhew with a dozen.
Final score Hinsdale 60, Nashua 48.
On Saturday, Hinsdale played host to the Saco/Whitewater Panthers on a cold and snowy night. Parking was at a premium and folks had to walk a couple miles if they showed up a little late. But that's to be expected in this rivalry match ever since Al Gore invented rivalries.
I talked a little with Saco's Justin Funk before the game and he told me of their game with Frazer the previous night. Seems Saco/Whitewater stayed with the Bearcubs for most of the first half and into the third quarter.
Justin said "We played like a team and it was great for us to have stayed with Frazer as long as we did. We know we can do it if we play as a team."
They'll get out of their slump this year, I'm sure.
To make a long story short...Hinsdale won, Saco/Whitewater didn't.
6'5" Lukas Johnson went on a bunny hunt and was successful scoring 12 points. He added 5 rebounds and an assist. Dallas Capdeville tallied 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
Brett Johnson had another good night scoring a dozen. He also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 5 steals. Put him and Cache Younkin on the court together and no opponent's basketball is safe from thievery.
Kyle Albus scored 5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for a consistent evening. Wyatt Pattison grabbed 6 rebounds, had 2 assists, 1 steal and 6 points. This kid is tougher than a piece of road kill jerky when scrapping for rebounds.
Off the bench, Logan McColly had a great game grabbing 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 points. Younkin had 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Valentin Robert had 4 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal.
Final tally Hinsdale 65 Saco/Whitewater 24.