The Hillsboro junior varsity boys basketball team came from behind in Friday’s game against Festus in the Herky JV Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament, only to see its offense fail them as they lost in overtime, 54-44. The loss moves the Hawks into Saturday’s third place game against St. Pius.
“We overcame an eight point halftime deficit to get a four point lead with 44 seconds to go,” said JV coach Brian Sucharski. “Our decision making during the game needs to improve, but the kids played hard, and we’ll get back at it tomorrow against St. Pius at 1:00 p.m.”
The Hillsboro offense, which at times this season, has been unstoppable, just couldn’t get things going on Friday. After being outscored 12-6 in the second quarter, Hillsboro found itself down 25-17 at halftime. Offensively, the only saving grace in the first half was Jasiah Tullock‘s seven points.
But the Hawks managed to get it turned around in the third quarter. Tullock, again, hit for seven points, and Hillsboro held Festus to just three points in taking a 29-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
But Festus wouldn’t quit and managed to tie the game to force overtime. Without Kyle Phipps‘s 11 points in the fourth quarter, along with Patrick Lee‘s four points, the game may have ended in regulation. But in hindsight, one of the biggest factors was Hillsboro’s shooting from the free throw line. In regulation, the Hawks were 2-10 from the charity stripe. Including overtime, the team was 2-12 for 17 percent. Those missed overtime free throws went along with some missed field goals as well, as Hillsboro failed to score in OT. Meanwhile, the Tigers scored ten points to take the game, 54-44.
Tullock and Phipps were the Hawks’ leading scorers with 14 points apiece. Lee added six, while Noah Holland and Cade Wokurka chipped in with four points apiece. Andrew Chaves rounded out the scoring with two points.
So the Hawks will take on St. Pius Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for third place. The Lancers fell to Windsor in the other semifinal contest.