ROCKTON - The Hononegah boys basketball team, riding a crest of emotion that began Wednesday night, pounded Freeport 68-41 Friday night to cap a 2-0 week.
The Indians defeated Guilford in overtime on Wednesday after trailing by eight points heading into the fourth quarter. There was no such comeback needed Friday, when the Indians rolled from the start.
Hononegah took a 17-5 lead into the second quarter, and led 40-16 at halftime. The second half saw plenty of the reserves get in the action, and 11 Indians eventually cracked the scorebook. Isiah Zawlocki (12 points) and Nick Pierson (11) were the only Indians to hit double digits.
It was also those two who led the Indians on Wednesday against Guilford as they each scored 14.
"That win on Wednesday night definitely factored into how we played tonight," Pierson said. "I know we still had that energy that we finished the game Wednesday with. We know we have to keep getting better, and we know we have to play with that energy all the time."
Zawlocki comes off the bench to provide defense and energy. His scoring lately has been a nice bonus. "I like everything that Isiah brings to the table for us," Hononegah coach Mike Miller said. "He's an energy-giver. When he comes in, you know he's going to play great defense. He's a ballhawk. He's always going to be around the action. He's strong, quick and ferocious. Everything you want in a defender, he's got. And offensively, he's shooting the ball well, and he has the quickness to get into the lane. He's playing really well right now."
The Indians evened their NIC-10 record at 3-3, and their uphill battle towards the top of the conference got a significant boost with a 2-0 week. "I'm proud of our mentality," Miller said. "We had a great win on the road against a quality opponent. Was that going to make us satisfied, or could we use it as a springboard. I think we used it as a springboard. That win came at a point when we needed some confidence and we needed to see success. Our guys know that if we do the things we are supposed to, we have enough to win."
The scheduled toughens considerably next week, when the Indians have just one game: They host rival Boylan Friday night.