Revenge was both Hug’s friend and enemy on Saturday at the Wild West Shootout.
A 17-point afternoon loss to Mountain View (Ariz.) — which Hug beat the day before — kept the Hawks out of the championship game. But Hug garnered third place with a 57-55 victory over an increasingly familiar Galena at Bishop Manogue.
The Grizzlies beat Hug by 12 in the tournament’s opening round Thursday.
Hug clinched third place with a staunch defensive effort, especially in the final quarter.
The Hawks limited Galena to just two field goals and seven points in the fourth quarter. They also held Caleb Wood scoreless in the first half and to just six points overall.
“We did just enough to win the game,” Hug coach Keith Crawford said.
“Obviously, our defense was better this game as opposed to the last time we played Galena. They kept fighting back. But I definitely think defense won this game.”
Sam Williams led Hug (7-2) with 20 points, but had just two in the second half. The senior scored 11 in the second quarter, when the Hawks rallied from an 11-point deficit to take a 35-28 halftime lead. Williams’ younger brother, Jeremiah Williams, chipped in 13 points.
Trevor Larson had 17 points to lead Galena, but missed a pair of free throws that would have tied the game with 4.4 seconds left. Zach Lessinger added 12 and EJ Poulsen had 10.
Wood missed a 3-pointer from the left wing as the final buzzer sounded.
Hug and Galena (5-2) will meet for a third time in six days when they face off in a Division I North matchup Tuesday at Hug. They also could play again Thursday in the second round of the Rail City Classic at Sparks.
“It’s kind of tough to be seeing them this much,” Galena coach Brian Voyles said. “It’s not quite the same emotion as it will be Tuesday. But it’s not all about emotion. You have to have substance, too.”
After dropping Thursday’s game, winning Saturday was an important momentum-builder for Hug heading into Tuesday.
“We did want to win this game,” Crawford said. “I don’t want to say we’re the better team, but this gives us momentum going into Tuesday. Grudge match on Tuesday. We’ll see what happens.”
Bishop Gorman took the Shootout title with a 45-35 victory over Mountain View.
Douglas (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 47-43 win over Bishop Manogue (1-5) for fifth place.