Cyclone cagers gain share of Hawkeye Ten boys’ title

HCHS routs Creston to finish 9-1 in conference; District play starts Monday night

 CRESTON -- Evidently, there’s more than one way to skin a Panther if you’re the Harlan Community boys basketball team.
 Back on December 15, HCHS drilled a school-record 19 three-pointers (in 35 attempts) to soundly defeat Creston, 80-47.
 In Tuesday night’s rematch, the Cyclones shot just 4-of-19 from behind the arc, but still managed to win handily over the Panthers, 62-34, and gain a share of the 2016 Hawkeye Ten Conference title.
 Will Lansman led HCHS with 19 points to go with six rebounds and five assists, Ethan Knudson scored 15 points and Sam McLaughlin added eight points and five boards off the bench. The trio of forwards combined to shoot 19-of-25 from the field (4-of-5 on threes) as the fifth-ranked (3-A) Cyclones bounced back from a Friday loss at Lewis Central by building a hefty 49-19 advantage through three quarters.
 The win moved HCHS into a three-way tie with Glenwood and Kuemper Catholic for the conference championship, each team finishing 9-1 in league games. The Cyclones also improved to 17-3 overall going into Thursday’s regular season finale vs. Carroll.



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