Hatchets down Chequamegon 65-61 before falling to Lakeland in close one
By Jed Buelow
Tomahawk Leader Co-Editor, Sports and Nature Editor
The Hatchets came out shooting hot in the first half putting 39 points on the scoreboard against Chequamgon on the road before hanging on to get the 65-61 non-conference win.
On a night where Tomahawk out-rebounded Chequamegon 35-24, Tomahawk big man Connor Dichsen led the Hatchets with 11 rebounds to go along with an impressive 21 points to finish with the double-double. Drew Bolder came up just one short of a double-double himself, as he led the team in scoring with 24 points to go along with 9 assists.
“We put together one of our best offensive performances of the year. Our shots weren’t excellent, but our execution was pretty good,” stated Hatchet head coach Jacob Jarvensivu. “We built ourselves a nice lead in the second half but then had a long scoring drought allowing them back into the game.”
Despite the comeback from Chequamegon, Tomahawk managed to score enough in the second half to get the four-point win.
”Our guys were gritty and resilient and battled to come away with a victory. Credit Chequamegon with playing a great offensive game, but it was good to get one in the win column,” coach Jarvensivu added.
Payton Bunce chipped in 6 points and Matt Johnson added 5 to help Tomahawk get the win over the Screaming Eagles. Elijah Scheffler and Nick Kahle added 4 apiece, respectively.
On Friday Tomahawk hosted Lakeland for a GNC tilt at Hatchet Fieldhouse where they looked to make it a sweep after getting the three-point win over the T-Birds on the road back in December.
Riding a winning streak heading into Hatchet Country, this time the T-Birds would figure out how to get it done as they snuck out of town with the 49-45 win.
The Hatchets are back in action tonight (Tuesday) as they host Antigo in a GNC tilt at Hatchet Fieldhouse that begins at 7:15 p.m.. Next Tuesday, Feb. 18 Tomahawk travels to Athens for a non-conference showdown that also gets underway at 7:15 p.m.