HLHF Bulldogs

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family boys basketball never quite found the touch from the perimeter but found a mismatch inside and eventually pulled away from Riverside in a 51-42 road win on Friday.

The Bulldogs shot just 34 percent for the game and were 4 of 23 (17 percent) from 3-point range but poured on 22 points in the third and overcame a three-point halftime deficit for their fourth win in a row.

The victory improves HLHF to 10-1 on the season ahead of Tuesday night's home game against Wisner-Pilger.

Jacob Sjuts led his squad with 15 points and hit on 58 percent while grabbing nine rebounds. Also in double figures were Bret Hanis and Tyler Sjuts with 11 and Jason Sjuts with 10.

"We shot 1 for 9 on 3-pointers in the first quarter and were 1 for 5 in the second quarter. We were getting some good looks, but none of them were falling," head coach Joe Hesse said. "At half, we thought Jacob had a great matchup and we started putting him on the block. He had 12 points in the quarter and finished with a couple of assists."

HLHF scored just five in the first quarter and trailed 20-17 at halftime before Sjuts spurred on the offense in the second. Riverside played a man defense the entire night, something Hesse said his group should have been familiar with. It was, but the Bulldogs also settled for too many outside shots.

HLHF also piled up 18 steals but, because of the jump shots, rarely cashed those in for points.

"We were able to force quite a few turnovers against them," Hesse said, "but most of our points came in the half-court offense with different guys posting up inside."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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