The Hillsboro boys varsity basketball team had to wait until the next to last game of the first round to get on the court to compete in the Bob Sechrest Jr. Christmas Tournament at Park Hills Central. All that pent up anticipation to play surfaced once the ball was tipped, and the Hawks suffocated the Perryville Pirates, winning 67-28 to advance to the quarterfinal round today.
To put it bluntly, the Pirates had no chance on Friday. The Hawks came out firing, putting up five points in the first thirty seconds of the game, and the rout was on. Perryville was able to survive the first quarter, trailing just 18-10 after the first eight minutes, but the second quarter was a nightmare, as the Hawks just absolutely buried the Pirates.
Mark Moore drained four three-pointers in the second quarter, giving him 19 points in the first half. Ethan Worley scored nine points, upping his first half total to 14, and the Hawks would shoot the only six free throws they’d have on the night this quarter, making all six of them thanks to Evan Worley‘s four-for-four from the line, and Garrett Pinkley‘s two-for-two. Oh yeah, the defense wasn’t bad either, holding the Pirates to just five points. When all was said and done, halftime mercifully came for Perryville, as the Hawks confidently trotted into the locker room with a 49-15 lead.
It wasn’t that the #3 seed Hawks weren’t expected to be favored to win this matchup with the #14 seed Pirates. But the level of domination may have surprised some fans. Hillsboro hadn’t played since Saturday’s nine point victory over Jefferson in the JCAA Shootout. While some Ameritime Sports client schools’ athletes noted it took some time to shake off the rust from not competing for multiple days, Hillsboro’s Moore claimed the opposite. “A couple of days off are definitely appreciated in this long season,” he said. “Spending time with your family helps you relax a little bit, and that definitely helped.”
It sure helped Moore. He finished the game with 21 points, 15 coming from beyond the arc. He shot eight-of-ten from the field, missing just two three-point attempts. For good measure, he dished off a team high seven assists. But his stats weren’t the only ones that stood out on this night.
Ethan Worley netted 18 points, six coming from three-point land. He pilfered six steals in the contest. Evan Worley scored ten points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and accumulated seven blocked shots. Eric Schneider banged home two three-pointers on his way to eight points, while Pinkley added six markers. Logan Smith rounded out the scoring with four points, but he also collected six assists and three steals. Kyle Besand came off the bench to reject two shots as well. The team totaled nine three-pointers, and only committed five turnovers in the game.
So the Hawks will do some more waiting today, as they’ll play the final game on the tournament schedule tonight at 8:30 p.m. They’ll match up against the #11 seed Arcadia Valley Tigers in the fourth quarterfinal game of the day. The Tigers were 63-54 upset winners over #6 seed Ste. Genevieve last night.