Kingman slips past Hillsboro boys
The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team led Kingman 24-21 at the half Friday, but succumbed to a strong third-quarter surge by the visiting Eagles, losing 46-41.
Micah Allen got the Trojans off to a fast start with a long 3-pointer, and hit another on an assist from Grant Knoll to put Hillsboro up 8-5. Baskets by Braden Vogt and Allen gave the Trojans a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Trojans got 3-pointers from David Dick and Elias Werth as they built a 22-16 lead, but the Eagles cut the deficit to 24-21 by halftime.
It took 56 percent shooting from the field in the first half for the Trojans to build and hold the lead, but Kingman got the hot hand in the third quarter. They made almost as many baskets as the Trojans took, nailing 8-of-16.
Hillsboro trailed 29-27 when the Eagles put together an unremarkable but effective 7-2 run, aided by three Trojans turnovers, for a 36-29 advantage. Hillsboro never got closer than 4 points the rest of the game.
Coach Darrel Knoll had been looking since January for a game in which the Trojans’ offense worked well for four quarters, and this one was as close as they’ve come. Hillsboro shot 47 percent from the field for the game, and hit 33 percent of its 3-pointers, outscoring Kingman 18-6 from beyond the arc. Turnovers were a challenge, with the Trojans committing 15 to only 8 for Kingman.
Allen scored 10 points to lead the Trojans. Werth and Austin Cross each tallied 9.
Hillsboro shot 54 percent from the field Tuesday against Haven, but the Wildcats used a late 10-2 run to send the Trojans home with a 69-61 loss.
Hillsboro led 32-30 at the half, but unlike the Kingman game, the Trojans kept rolling in the second half, holding a 55-54 lead with about 4 minutes left in the game. The tide turned when Haven scored five free throws coming off of a Hillsboro foul and technical foul, taking the lead 59-54.
Allen led Hillsboro scorers with 25, Dick had 12, and Loewen scored 10.
Last modified Feb. 19, 2015