Strong first half not enough in Hawks loss to WB

BY PCC STAFF

DONNELLSON – Bronson Sargent and Dylan Stuecker combined for 33 points, but Central Lee couldn’t hold on in a 67-58 boys Southeast Superconference loss Tuesday night.

Stuecker scored all 15 of his points on 3-pointers in the first half as the Hawks led for a good portion of the half. West Burlington’s Colten Sherwood led all scorers with 22 on the night, and helped the Falcons keep pace in the first with 11.

Junior Marvion Jackson also had 11 points in the paint for the Falcons in the first half.

Central Lee opened up an 18-13 first quarter lead behind three 3-balls from Stuecker, but the Falcons would throw up 21 points, eight by Jackson, in the 2nd to sneak into the locker room up by one, 34-33.

The momentum would stay with the Falcons in the third as they went on a 22-6 run for a comfortable lead going into the final period up by 15.

But the Hawks would work up a 4th quarter rally cutting the lead to eight at 58-50 with three minutes left, and then again at 61-53 with one minute left.

The Falcons (8-4) converted 9 of 14 free throws as Central Lee went into foul mode trying to catch up, But West Burlington would miss the front end of two bonuses in between the 7th and 10th personal fouls to allow the Hawks, who were successful in converting off the misses, to try and get back in the game.

TJ Stutes and Sargent would hit back-to-back threes to get the Hawks to 58, but West Burlington (9-4) got hot at the right time from the free throw line converting their final nine points at the stripe to put the game away.

Central was led by Sargent with 18 and Stuecker with 15. Stutes had seven points, while Kade Myhre, Alex Sandoval and Derrick Denning each had six for the Hawks.

Jackson finished with 18 for West Burlington, while Darian Johnson added 10.

Central Lee falls to 2-14 on the year with the only wins coming against Van Buren. The Hawks play at Cardinal on Thursday night.

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