MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT - Not even a strong effort from the opposing team's big man and a different starting lineup would slow down the Meskwaki Settlement boys' basketball team.
Coach Dina Keahna had three different Warriors in the starting lineup for Senior Night, but that only kept Meskwaki down briefly.
And once things started to roll, Meskwaki stepped on the gas even more and then held on in the fourth quarter to beat Northeast Hamilton, 62-49, on Monday night.
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
Meskwaki Settlement sophomore Allis Tahahwah shoots over Northeast Hamilton defenders Tyler Smith, center, and Logan Seiser during the Warriors’ 62-49 home win Monday night. Tahahwah led Meskwaki with 16 points, while Seiser led all scorers with 30.
Sophomore Allis Tahahwah scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and freshman Adonis Lasley put in all 10 of his points in the final two periods as the Warriors won their 11th straight.
"Senior Night threw us off a little bit. But it was a good night to do this and everyone played," Keahna said. "The starters are working well together right now. They have a good flow with each other and when they are out there we are pretty tough to slow down."
Northeast Hamilton (6-8, 5-7) got a game-high 30 points from Logan Seiser, but nine different Warriors found the scoring column in the win. No other Trojan was in double figures.
Meskwaki Settlement 62, Northeast Hamilton 49
At Meskwaki Settlement
NE HAMILTON (6-8, 5-7) - Tyler Smith 1 0-5 2, Hunter Dilley 2 0-0 4, Nick Jeffers 1 2-2 4, Logan Seiser 8 12-14 30, Austin Smith 3 3-4 9. TOTALS 15 17-25 49.
MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT (16-2, 13-2) - Royce Timberwolf 3 0-0 7, Tyus Grant 0 0-0 0, Eammon Tahahwah 1 0-0 2, Darrion Murray 2 0-0 4, Cordell Bear 2 0-0 4, Jonas Bear 0 0-0 0, Terrell Grant 4 0-0 9, Drake Keahna 2 0-0 5, Allis Tahahwah 6 1-1 16, Adonis Lasley 5 0-0 10, Wade Brown 2 0-0 4. TOTALS 27 1-1 62.
3-Point Goals - NEH 2 (Seiser 2), Meskwaki 7 (A.Tahahwah 3, Timberwolf, Terrell Grant, Keahna, Bear). Total fouls - NEH 6, Meskwaki 22. Fouled out - E.Tahahwah.
Senior Royce Timberwolf scored all seven of his points in the first quarter and helped Meskwaki stay afloat before the rest of the starters came into the game. The Warriors (16-2, 13-2) led 13-5 after one then outscored the Trojans 38-24 over the next two periods before using mostly reserves in the final frame.
Terrell Grant came off the bench score nine points in the game. The Warrior bench delivered 48 points in the win.
"The main thing is that were able to substitute and not drop off much," said Keahna. "We need things to flow the same way it does when the starters are on the floor.
"We don't want to focus on one person scoring. Everyone is important in our lineup. Everyone can have a big game on any night and anyone can have an off night, too. We have enough guys that can make up for it when that happens though."
Seiser was brilliant in keeping the Trojans in the game. He was held to just two points in the first quarter but had eight in the second and exploded in the fourth with 14 of Northeast Hamilton's 20 points. He also brought the Trojans to within single digits in the third with one of his two triples.
"We wanted to make it difficult for him to get the ball and try to take them out of their game," said Keahna on defending a taller post player inside. "If he is going to be the guy to score, we need to make sure that is the only guy to do that."
Tahahwah answered right back with a 3 of his own and scored 11 of his 16 in the third to push the Warrior advantage back to 17. They never led by fewer than 11 in the fourth.
Meskwaki was called for 22 fouls and the Trojans were 17-of-25 from the line, while Northeast Hamilton committed just six fouls and sent the Warriors to the line just once. Meskwaki's only free throw came on a three-point play by Tahahwah in the third quarter.
Meskwaki's win over Colo-NESCO back on Dec. 17 will officially go into the books as a forfeit loss after the coaching staff played an individual athlete too many quarters in one day. "It was just one of those things and we are going to move on," said Keahna. "It's a conference loss but in the end, if we play the way we are playing and win the games we are supposed to win, it'll be a moot point. We can't change it. Hopefully we don't get caught up in that kind of stuff. We need to worry about our next game." The Warriors next game is tonight at Don Bosco. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. DeMarce Keahna, a frequently used reserve for the Warriors, was not in uniform Monday. "He needs to get his academics in order," said Coach Keahna.