Some fights are bigger than others, and there’s no doubt the Hillsboro varsity boys basketball team had a lot of motivating factors for Friday’s home conference game against Windsor. The team wanted to keep its winning streak alive, and stay unblemished in the conference race. But young Caleb Scanlon, battling stage four metastatic sarcoma, was the main motivating factor for the team in its battle against the Owls. The end result was a resounding 100-66 victory, which gave Hillsboro a nine game winning streak, improved the season record to 17-4, kept the Hawks undefeated in conference at 2-0, and brought awareness to Caleb and his family as they realized they were not fighting this alone.
“Most nights we play to get the win and improve every day,” said Garrett Pinkley. “But tonight was special because, on top of that, we played for Caleb. The team wanted to show our support for him by having great energy on the floor and in the stands. It’s a long season, and getting to 100 points gave the team that extra boost of energy for the rest of the season.”
Sometimes, it seemed as if there were more players on the floor for Hillsboro…and figuratively, there was. The atmosphere was electric, and with the big crowd, the Hawks were able to take control early. Ethan Worley, playing his first game against his old team, scored seven points in the first quarter. Ben Lampkins added five points, and before the Windsor Owls knew it, they were down 14 after only the first eight minutes of the ballgame. But Hillsboro was just getting warmed up.
The second quarter saw the Hawks score 33 points. Lampkins hit four three pointers, and Evan Worley, also playing for the first time against Windsor since transferring, scored eight points. The Hawks exited the court confidently ahead 57-24 at halftime, and the Owls looked a bit shell shocked.
“Tonight it felt like most of the shots we took were falling, and this can give guys great confidence for the rest of the season,” said Lampkins. “We were able to have a balanced attack tonight, taking great shots and making a large percentage of them.”
There wasn’t much suspense in the second half. Probably the biggest question mark would be if the Hawks could hit triple digits. They clearly eclipsed their largest point total of the season when they surpassed 87 points, which is how many points they had against Herky on December 27. As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Hillsboro was three points away from 100, when this happened. (Short video will download on to computer if you click the link)
(Video courtesy of Sherri Wolfe)
Pinkley drained the three, the crowd went crazy, and the Hawks had their 100 points.
Obviously, when a team hits 100 points, the stats look pretty good. Michael Brewer and Lampkins led Hillsboro with 20 points each. Brewer was held to just six points in the first half. He would finish with ten rebounds and four blocked shots. Lampkins was five of seven from beyond the arc and added four assists and a steal.
Evan Worley had quite the game against the Owls. He scored 15 points, cleaned the glass eight times, and had eight blocked shots…and that is not a typo. His twin brother Ethan scored ten points and had a steal. He said this game had some personal enjoyment for him. “It was great,” he said. “I got to play against my best friend, but other than that, there was no added incentive. It was just another game, and the goal was to win.”
Pinkley had nine points and a blocked shot, while Mark Moore finished the night with eight points. Seth Oshia notched seven points, while Zach Whaley added five points. Rounding out the scoring was Isaac Readnour with four points, and Noah Pool with two points. The Hawks had just six turnovers on the night.
“It’s always a good time when we get a win as big as this one because the players who normally don’t get much playing time can play,” said Readnour. “Overall, it’s a great confidence booster for the team.”
The Hawks are back at it on Thursday hosting the Seckman Jaguars. Game time is 7:00 p.m.