Trojans boys win sub-state opener

He?s back. Finally.

In his return to the Hillsboro lineup Monday night, Tyson Ratzlaff sparked the Trojans to a first-round sub-state tournament victory over visiting Marion, 68-42.

Ratzlaff put together an impressive performance, scoring 13 points with several assists and steals. He sparked the Hillsboro fast break several times in the second half.

?It was really nice to have Tyson back in the lineup tonight,? coach Darrel Knoll said. ?He did a lot of things for us. You can just tell the intensity of the game picks up when he is in there.?

Ratzlaff capped his return with a dunk with 6:22 remaining in the game after a steal.

?We really turned it up on the press tonight,? Knoll said. ?Tyson makes all the difference on that press. He sees the court so well and guys know he is such a great passer that he will find them. If everyone would be ready for those passes, we would have had even more easy baskets tonight.?

Hillsboro led by 15 heading into the fourth quarter, then pushed its lead to as many as 26.

Another spark for the Trojans came from Garrett Call, who came off the bench to score eight points. His defense and rebounding were keys to the game.

?Garrett came out and played under control and within himself tonight,? Knoll said. ?He did a lot of nice things for us. If we can get that kind of contribution from everyone, we will be looking good.?

Grant Brubacher led the Trojans with 15 points, and myriad assists shortly after halftime. Nathan Fish scored 10.

With the win, Hillsboro advances to the semifinals to be played Thursday evening at 7:30 in Hillsboro. The Trojans will take on Herington, who slipped past Northern Heights in their opening-round game.

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