The Gibault Hawks held off cross-town rival Waterloo in a hard fought boys basketball contest Tuesday at Waterloo High School.
Gibault notched the opening points, taking a 4-0 lead, and never relinquished the lead all night. The Hawks, who shot 55 percent from the floor as a team for the game, led 16-8 after the first quarter.
Waterloo closed the gap in the second quarter, and the two teams went to the locker room at halftime, with Gibault clinging to a three-point lead.
The ‘Dogs closed the gap to a single point briefly in the third quarter, but the Hawks built their lead back to five points at 36-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Waterloo battled hard in the final quarter but was just not able to sink key shots, and Gibault prevailed in the end, 51-45.
Zach Rueter led the Hawks with 16 points, including perfect shooting from three-point range (2-for-2) and the free throw line (4-for-4). Brian Deterding added 13 points and Trevor Davis scored 12 points.
For Waterloo, Max Schrader led the way with 13 points; Rick Wiegand added 11 points.
The Bulldogs shot just 18 percent as a team (3-for-17) from three-point range.
At halftime, a WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Night ceremony took place honoring five former Bulldog athletes or coaches: the late Lee Eilbracht, Dave Dillenberger, the late Jay Henson, Heather Wetzel and athletic director/coach Rick Keefe. The 1989 girls softball and 2004 boys golf teams were also honored.
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