Hammeke scores 18 to lead Trinity past Inman

By Gallagher Martin
Inman's Tanner Heckel shoots a layup over Trinity's Blake Hammeke during Tuesday's game. Trinity defeated Inman 54-39.

INMAN — The Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic boys basketball team jumped out to a large lead over Inman which set the tone for a 54-39 victory Tuesday night in Inman.

While the Celtics led early and often, the game was never out of reach until very late in the fourth. Still, Trinity was able to snap a two-game losing streak in a tough road environment.

“I thought our communication was good tonight; it takes no skill or athleticism to communicate, and I thought we did a better job of that than in our last game,” Trinity head coach Mark Powell said. “We also did a good job of stopping Inman in transition, because they are very good at scoring in transition. 

“When we execute the game plan, we showed we can be pretty good.”

Considering Inman and Trinity have a solid rivalry between the two schools, Inman head coach Brett Froese was disappointed in how his team began the game.

“I think the kids look forward to playing this game, which is why it was hard for me to understand why it looked like at the beginning of the game we didn’t show up,” Froese said. “Both teams are good teams, and for the first two or three minutes we weren’t even there.”

Inman held a brief 3-2 lead when Jace Doerksen connected on a 3-point play. From there, Trinity went on a 10-0 run and led 12-3.

The Teutons battled back, and a jumper from freshman point guard Tanner Heckel tied the game at 12. Trinity’s Walt Gray hit a layup through contact and Landon Gray knocked down a 3 to give the Celtics a 17-12 lead at the end of one.

When Trinity extended its lead to nine points, Doerksen responded by hitting a 3. Inman cut the deficit to 23-21, and by halftime the Celitcs only led by four.

Trinity used the third quarter to build a double digit lead. A Cedrick Harris 3-pointer put the Celtics up 39-28, and an Evan Remar layup with four seconds left in the third put Trinity up 43-32 entering the fourth quarter.

Trinity held an 11-7 advantage in the fourth, and in the final moments of the game the Celtics were able to put in a few younger players. 

Lucas Hammeke led all scorers with 18 points. The Celitcs featured good balance offensively with nine points a piece from Andrew Bergmeier and Remar. Landon Gray added eight, and Harris scored six.

“We have a lot of offensive talent,” Powell said. “I think we have a very high ceiling if we can fix some of our fixable mistakes.”

Heckel led Inman with 14 points while Doerksen scored 10. No other Teuton had more than four points. 

“[Heckel] makes plays. It should be easy to play off him, and right now we’re making it look hard,” Froese said. “I thought [Heckel] played well tonight, and I thought Jace played aggressive tonight - probably the most aggressive he’s played, and we needed that.”

Trinity improves to 4-3 on the season and hosts Moundridge on Friday. Inman drops to 3-5 and heads to Sedgwick on Friday.