WEB FLASH: Trojan boys beat No. 1 Halstead

For the second straight game, Grant Brubacher’s shot at the buzzer gave Hillsboro a big basketball victory. This time the victim was No. 1 ranked Halstead. Hillsboro won 39-36 in a defensive battle.

The win lost some luster in that Dragon star Dennis Latimore did not suit up for the game, reportedly for disciplinary reasons. His absence both helped and hurt the Trojans. It helped, obviously, because the Trojans didn’t have to contend with his size and bountiful skill. It hurt them because the Trojans appeared to let down mentally and did not play as well as they have the past four games.

The game was close the whole way. The scores at the breaks were 10-10 after one quarter, 20-18 HHS at the half, and 25-24 HHS after three periods. Halstead went up 36-35 with 1:22 to play. Ross Duerksen then tied the score on a free throw with 1:15 on the clock. As Halstead was working for a last shot, their point guard, Josh Farmer, was called for double dribble. HHS got the ball, worked the clock down to 28 seconds and called time out. When play resumed, the Trojans got the ball to Brubacher with less than five seconds left. This time, rather than drive for the hoop as he did against Collegiate Friday night, Brubacher fired a shot near the arc that slipped cleanly through the net as the buzzer sounded. The official scorer credited Brubacher with a 3-pointer.

Brubacher finished with a team-high 15 points. With the win, HHS moves to 10-5 with their sixth straight win and 3-3 in Mid Division play.

Meanwhile, the HHS girls, ranked fifth in Class 3A in this week’s Wichita Eagle, bumped their record to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the Mid Division with a 51-41 win.

Hillsboro led 11-8 after one quarter, then increased the lead to 22-12 at half. The Trojans stayed at about that margin throughout the second half. Amber Hefley, who started in place of Jill Hein, who was out because of illness, scored a career-high 17 points to pace her team.

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