By Ben Murphy
For more than a quarter of Friday night’s Jack Pine Conference boys’ basketball game visiting Harrison was giving defending champion Beaverton all it could handle. The Beavers eventually overcame an early Hornet surge though and pulled away for a 58-33 win.
It was Harrison that controlled play early on, holding a 10-8 lead late in the first quarter until Beaverton tied it at 10-all on a buzzer-beating shot.
“We came out fired up,” Harrison head coach Jim Hoshield said.
Harrison opened up the second quarter on a 7-0 run to pull ahead 17-10, putting the defending champs on its heals.
Beaverton responded by closing the half on a 15-2 run to take a 25-19 lead at the half.
The Beavers took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Harriosn 21-7 to lead 46-26 entering the fourth.
“Beaverton came out and took the game over with their hot outside shooting and tough man-to-man defense,” Hoshield said. “(It was a) tough fought battle, they never gave up, they battled to the end. (I’m) very proud of these boys.”
Zach Nowland and Matt Haskell both had eight points to lead the Harrison offense.
Harrison (0-2 overall, 0-1 JPC) hosted Roscommon on Wednesday and play at Clare tonight (Friday) in its last game before the new year.