Boys Basketball: River Rats rally in third quarter to knock off Pioneer


Huron’s LJ Dewolf has as smooth a shot as anyone playing high school basketball. Perfect form. Confidence. He’s a player defenses must know his whereabouts at all times.

But in the first half against visiting Pioneer on Friday night, the senior guard had trouble hitting the rim let alone having it go through the net. The form looked good but the shot was definitely off.

Dewolf only made one shot Friday night. While it wasn’t the shot heard around the world it was the shot Huron needed at the right time and helped shoot the River Rats to a 60-48 victory before a packed, loud and quite entertaining crowd.

Playing without their star guard, Landon Lowder, whose sprained ankle will cost him the next three weeks of action, the Pioneers controlled much of the first half. In fact, if it wasn’t for Huron’s Lewis Willis, who knocked down four triples in the second quarter to keep the home team in the game, this rivalry contest would have been over at halftime.


Willis was a man on a mission, especially in the first half. And without Willis, there would have been no shot to take for Dewolf.

Still, the Pioneers took a rather comfortable 32-25 lead into the second half. It just didn’t look like Huron’s night.

But that all changed with a shot.

Willis knocked down back-to-back shots to pull the River Rats to within 38-35 with 3:10 left in the third quarter. Then Dewolf got the ball behind the three-point line deep in the corner. He got in position and let it fly. Perfect form. Follow-through. Nothing but net. Tie ballgame.

Dewolf’s triple sent the Huron student section into a frenzy and the ballgame into a 38-38 tie with 2:45 left in the quarter.

David Olawale then scored to give the home team the lead. Aayush Unadkat nailed a triple and Devin Womack turned a steal into a layup. The River Rats’ 10-0 run ended the quarter and sent Huron into the fourth quarter leading 45-38.

Just like that, everything had changed. The lead, the momentum … everything.

Womack made it 47-38 to start off the fourth quarter. Every time Pioneer scored in the fourth quarter, Huron had an answer.

A triple by Pioneer’s Robert VanRenterghem cuts it to 47-41. Answered at the other end. A basket by Pioneer’s Kasean Pryor cuts it to 49-43. Answered at the other end. A basket by Pioneer’s Jacob Williams cuts it to 51-45. Answered at the other end.

Lewis scored inside to make it 53-45 and the River Rats locked it down from there.
Lewis led Huron with 26 points. Womack and Dewolf (who made just the one basket from the floor) each finished with eight points. Avery Lewis scored seven in the win.

Pryor had a strong game for the Pioneers, finishing with 19 points. Williams and VanRenterghem each scored eight the Pioneers who played with toughness all night long. They just let the wrong guy get open at the wrong time.



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