Monday, March 2, 2015


On Jan. 29, Simley and Hastings squared off against each other in a boys’ basketball game. The score went back and forth early.

Hastings looked to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition. They did a good job of getting everyone involved in the offense.

Hastings’ Joe Dittrich came up with 3-point baskets. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Hastings center Brady Gullicks came up with mid-range jump shots. He wasn’t afraid to shoot the open jump shots if he hand one.

Simley used both man-to-man and zone defense in the first half. Hastings used a lot of time off the clock as they swung the ball around the 3-point line against the zone.

Hastings Craig Nielsen came up with rebounds and layups in the first half. He also came up with some big defensive stops.

Simley struggled to hit shots for a period of time in the first half. Hastings used that to their advantage as they were able to come up with the ball off Simley missed shots.

Simley attempted a lot of deep 3-point shots in the second half. They were not able to hit the 3-point shot consistently in the first half.

Simley called a timeout with 4:19 left in the first half. The score was Hastings 24, Simley 14.

Hastings looked to score baskets in transition. They did a good job of getting the ball down the floor.

Smiley was able to get to the basket and look for mid-range jump shots late in the first half.

At halftime the score was Hastings 26, Simley 19.

As the second half got underway Simley came out defending hard. They put a lot of pressure on

Hastings and communicating through screens. Simley attacked the basket and came up with layups.

Simley’s Alex Anderson and Matthew Amspoker both did a good job of hitting mid-range jump shots and making layups.

Hastings came up with fast break layups. Hastings guards Christian Bronner and Dittrich both hit layups and jump shots effectively. Teammate Sam Skoyen also took 3-point shots.

Simley called a timeout with 11:28 left in regulation. The score was Hastings 39, Simley 25.

Hastings continued move the ball around the 3-point line and attack the basket late in the game.

Both offenses sputtered in the second half. Hastings was a little quicker than Simley.

Hastings came away with the 56-42 victory over Simley.

The leading scorer for Simley was Anderson with 15 points.

The leading scorers for Hastings were Nielsen and Dittrich with 15 points, and Gullicks with 10 points.

I was joined by the Twin Cities Hoops Czar. Check out his thoughts of the Simley vs. Hastings boys’ basketball game.

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