ODELL — The Horizon Christian Hawks did everything they could to send their two seniors off on a winning note.
Sheldon Diers and John Winters also did everything in their power, scoring 13 and 17 points, respectively.
But the Wheeler Falcons were too much for the Hawks, sending them to their 20th defeat of the season by a score of 69-55.
“Sheldon and John each played great in their final games,” coach Ron Haynes said. “We were only down four late in the game, but our shots just didn’t fall.”
The Falcons rode the shoulders of Jon Moore, who scored 33 points single-handedly. Only two other Wheeler players scored on the afternoon — James Pack with 22 and Rick Moore with 14 — but that was enough to halt the Hawks.
“It was a game of streaks,” Haynes said. “After being down 13-3 early, we went up by 10 points at halftime. But Wheeler slowly chipped away, and we just went cold in the fourth.”
The Falcons made 15 of 16 free throws down the stretch to pull away from Horizon, which scored eight of its 10 three-point field goals in the first half alone.
Winters rang up five, Diers three, and freshman post Jeff Larson two, but a 28-10 run by Wheeler late in the game victimized the sharp-shooting Hawks, who finished the year at 2-20.
Horizon will return three starters next season — Larson, sophomore Brian Stenberg and freshman forward Jon Strickland — and will get a boost from junior Jonathon Wold, and freshmen Jared Nagreen, Jason Borton and Joel Winters.
“Most of the top teams are graduating a lot of guys, so we should be right in there,” Haynes said.