* This story was featured in the Jan. 6 issue of the Hastings Tribune.
NELSON — The Giltner boys basketball team snapped Lawrence-Nelson’s six-game win streak by a score of 43-35 Tuesday night.
Lawrence-Nelson is now 8-3 this season, while Hornets improved to 6-3.
Giltner’s Cory Hoelck played a big role on both ends of the floor, tallying eight points and 13 rebounds. Alex Goracke and Brett Good also added 12 and 10, respectively.
Giltner head coach Matt Drew praised Hoelck’s effort.
“He’s more than a role player to us, but he hustles like a role player,” Drew said. “He gives us an intensity and a physicality inside that we really need.”
Both teams struggled to score early with the first points of the night not coming until the five-minute mark in the first quarter.
Hoelck played a big role in the Hornets’ first half offense, tallying four points and five rebounds.
Goracke added five points in the second quarter on back-to-back possessions to put the Hornets up 13-2 with 5:22 in the quarter.
Senior Brett Karmazin helped keep the Raiders’ afloat for most of the night, scoring five of his nine points in the second quarter.
Giltner’s defense, especially senior Trevor Sok, put the clamps on the Raiders’ offense in the first half.
“We really challenged Trevor Sock to play his best game on defense and he played a great game against Brennan Miller,” Drew said. “I thought Sok was the MVP of the first half keeping him away from the basket.”
Both offenses were a bit sluggish throughout the second quarter, as Giltner led 15-7 at the half.
With the third quarter came a spark in offense by both teams as they traded baskets before Giltner’s Colt Biltoft added two points to extend the lead to 12.
After a floater from Goracke, Lawrence Nelson’s Kevin Schorer made a jumper from the top of the key to cut the lead to 10.
Karmazin was fouled on a three-point attempt with under a second remaining and made two of three free throws, which cut the lead to six heading into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Josh Hinrichs came up big for the Hornets in the fourth quarter, scoring five of his seven total points in the quarter.
Hinirchs scored on a clever out of bounds play to put the Hornets up 30-22. Goracke and Hoelck added a bucket apiece to extend the lead to 12 with 2:02 remaining.
Giltner’s Brett Good made three free throws late in the fourth quarter to help secure the 43-35 victory.
Lawrence Nelson has the chance to bounce back against Kenesaw on January 15. Giltner’s next game comes at Bruning-Davenport/Shickley on Friday night.
Brett Good 3-4 3-4 10, Josh Hinrichs 2-3 3-4 7, Cater Obermeier 0-0 2-2 2, Trevor Sok 1-3 1-4 3, Alex Goracke 5-8 0-0 12, Rees Lyon 3-11 2-5 8
Lawrence Nelson (35)
Colton Biltoft 1-4 1-1 3, Peyton Drudik 1-8 0-0 2, Brennan Miller 4-11 2-3 10, Kevin Schroer 1-5 0-0 2, Timmy Herbek 3-14 0-0 7, Brett Karmazin 2-7 4-6 9, Jaden Himmelberg 1-1 0-0 2