DONNELLSON – After starting the year with a 45-point win over Van Buren on the road, the Hawks have struggled losing their last four by less than a 10 point average.
On Saturday, Keokuk put a 62-50 setback on Central Lee on the Hawks home floor.
The Hawks were holding their own in the first half as senior Jaxon Betker and Keokuk’s Anthony Potratz went toe-to-toe each scoring 10 points as the two battled to a 25-25 ties in the first half.
The Hawks are coming off a disappointing loss to Danville Tuesday where they held a 24-15 lead at halftime, and then gave up 23 points in the third quarter on the way to a 53-47 loss.
More of the same happened Saturday when Betker was held scoreless in the third and Keokuk raced out to a 19-7 third quarter advangage. The Hawks shut down Potratz after some half time adjustments, but the MJ Davis broke out for nine in the third to spur the run.
Central Lee regrouped in the final quarter as Betker was able to get free on the perimeter and fire in four 3-pointers but the rally would come up short as Keokuk got the free throw line eight times converting all eight down the stretch.
Betker finished the night with 22 points, followed by Kade Myhre with eight. Dylan Stuecker had seven points, Seth Mayes finished with six, Kaleb Sanders had four and Bronson Sargent scored three in the loss.
Keokuk was led by Potratz with 17 and Isaiah Seay with 10. Davis and Boone Messer each finished with nine for the Chiefs (3-1). The Chiefs host Fort Madison Tuesday night.
The Hawks (1-4) host Notre Dame on Tuesday and then travel to Holy Trinity Catholic (3-1) on Friday night for a girls/boys varsity double header.