WEB FLASH: Hillsboro advances to Classic championship

The Hillsboro Trojans, struggling to make 50 percent of their free throws through the first three quarters, nailed 14 of 18 in the final period — including the last nine in a row — to beat Belleville, 49-40, in the semifinals of the Trojan Classic Friday night in Hillsboro.

The win gave HHS some measure of revenge against Belleville, who had defeated the Trojans in their last three meetings, including the state championship game in 1999. It also put Hillsboro in the championship game against Thomas Moore Prep, who manhandled state-ranked Inman in the fourth quarter of their semifinal game for a 67-57 win.

Belleville scored the first bucket of the game, but Hillsboro responded with a 10-0 run over the next 4:30 to lead 10-2. The Trojans never trailed after that, though Belleville did tie the game early in the second quarter. But Grant Brubacher scored six unanswered points to put Hillsboro ahead again, 17-11. Belleville crept within one at halftime on three unanswered buckets in the last two minutes.

Belleville tied the game one last time at 24 early in the third quarter on a three-point play by Jeremy Thayer, who finished with a game-high 28 points, 16 in the first half.

The Trojans got some better weak side help on Thayer in the second half to soften his impact on the game.

Grant Brubacher led Hillsboro with 15 points and Tyler Weinbrenner added 11. Brubacher was five for six from the line during the last 5:12 of the game and Weinbrenner was four for four.

The win lifts Hillsboro’s season record to 6-5.The championshjip game against TMP will begin around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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