Galena boys win overtime nailbiter against Hutch


Photo courtesy Kathy Moss, Hutchison High School Basketball Boosters Club

Galena boys player Joe Riddle up against Hutch on Saturday.

By NATHAN MOSES and VIRGIL SAM, staff writers

Galena Hawks wing Joe Riddle scored 20 points in Saturday’s game against the Hutchison Hawks, leading his team to a 63-60 victory on the road.  

During the first half, both teams were on a good start. They were neck and neck, both teams draining three’s and making good plays. But Galena ran away with the lead making it a double-digit deficient for Hutchison. It was 16-32 at the end of the first half.  

At the start of the third quarter, it was an even pace. Galena was barely getting through Hutchison’s press with their press break. Still a big lead for Galena. But then the start of the fourth quarter came along and was intense. 

Hutchison’s press got physical and intense. Fouling left and right, putting Galena into a double bonus. But Hutch wasn’t letting Galena off that easy. They stole the ball a lot with their press and came back within two-points. Fouling Galena players as soon as they touch the ball to keep the clock from running out of time. 

Hutchison tried their best to make a three to put them into overtime but stopped by Galena’s scrambling defenseThe final score was 63-60.