CLEAR LAKE – After a modest start to the season, the West Fork boys basketball team put together a 13-game winning streak that carried it all the way to a Class 1A substate final.
Unfortunately for the Warhawks, the streak came to an end one game short of a state tournament appearance as the West Fork fell 53-44 to Don Bosco on Monday.
“The kids played hard,” Warhawks coach Frank Schnoes said. “But I don’t think we were as patient as we could have been.”
Defensively, West Fork played solidly enough, but the Warhawk offense was out of sync against a solid Dons defense.
West Fork was hampered by foul trouble in a first half that saw Zach Martinek, Mitchell Halloran and Ian Latham all pick up their second fouls over the first 10-plus minutes of play.
Latham would go on to pick up a third foul in the second quarter.
The Warhawks managed to hang around and trailed by only four at the intermission, but Don Bosco edged out to a two possession lead late in the third quarter and West Fork never managed to cut into that margin.
In his final game for West Fork, Nathan Meinders paced the Warhawks with 11 points.
Martinek added 10.
West Fork completes its season with 1 19-6 overall record.
Don Bosco will move into the Class 1A state tournament with a 22-3 mark.