File Photo by Bob Cross // Fotocross
GLUE GUY: Hamilton Heights senior Max Beale scored all seven of his points during the third quarter of the Huskies 73-47 win over Twin Lakes. Heights head coach Chad Ballenger said Beale is one of the team's glue guys who doesn't get a lot of credit.
File Photo by Bob Cross // Fotocross GLUE GUY: Hamilton Heights senior Max Beale scored all seven of his points during the third quarter of the Huskies 73-47 win over Twin Lakes. Heights head coach Chad Ballenger said Beale is one of the team's glue guys who doesn't get a lot of credit.
At one point during Saturday’s makeup game against Twin Lakes, Hamilton Heights trailed by five. The Huskies ended up winning by 26. 

Freshman Gus Etchison and sophomore Camron Knott got the Huskies offense jumpstarted in the second quarter, as Heights (9-7) ended up cruising to a 73-47 victory. 

“We can create a lot of problems for people with Gus of the bounce and Camron spotting up,” Heights head coach Chad Ballenger said. “(Opponents) have got to decide how they want to defend those two.” 

Heights started the game sluggish on offense and found themselves trailing 17-12 after the first quarter. Ballenger decided to play small in an attempt to speed up the tempo on both ends of the court, which ignited the Huskies in the second. Knott opened the quarter by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, and an Etchison pass that found a cutting Michael Cross for a layup gave Heights a 20-19 lead the Huskies never surrendered. 

Etchison scored 11 of his game-high 20 points and dished out both of his assists in the second quarter. 

Heights took a 39-25 lead into the half and used a 23-7 run that spanned the second and third quarters to blow the game wide open. The Huskies had seven steals, with most of them ending in easy transition baskets at the other end. Guard Max Beale scored all seven of his points in the third quarter and earned the praise of his coach. 

“Max doesn’t get a lot of credit for the stuff that he does, but he’s probably our best defender,” Ballenger said. “Lately, he’s been the glue guy. When you look at the box score, he’s doing a lot.” 

Knott finished as the Huskies second leading scorer with 14 on 6-of-11 from the floor, including hitting two of Heights’ seven makes from deep. As a team, the Huskies shot 29-of-51 (56 percent) from the field and 8-of-15 at the free throw line. Senior Drayden Thomas gave Heights its third double-figure scorer of the afternoon with 10 points. 

Heights has won five straight and will look to extend their streak Friday when they host Frankton (15-3). 

“We’re playing awfully well right now,” Ballenger said. “Credit to our guys — they’ve really bought in … It’s been really fun these last few weeks.”