Hillsboro splits games with Hesston, Friday

The Hillsboro boys bounced back from a disappointing performance and loss to Halstead Tuesday night with a convincing 67-53 win over Hesston Friday night at Brown Gymnasium.

Playing once again with intensity and hustle, the Trojans led 20-18 after one quarter — despite a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Hesston’s Roman Hofer.

Andy Brubacher retaliated with a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the half to put Hillsboro on top 31-24. The third quarter proved to be pivotal as the Trojan defense held Hesston to 10 points while the offense scored 20. Hesston hit three 3-pointers in the final period, but could not close the gap significantly.

Adam Woods played perhaps his best games of the season, scoring 14 points and playing some tough post defense against Hesston’s leading scorer, Brad Gattis, who still finished with a game-high 26. Woods led the Trojans with 14 points and Tyler Weinbrenner added 13.

With the win, the Trojans move to 15-2 on the season.

The Trojan girls, meanwhile, lost 50-31 in a game that was much closer then the final score would indicate.

Hillsboro played with heart all night long but just could not get the shots to drop, shooting 27 percent for the night. Hesston wasn’t exactly a ball of fire either, finishing with 30 percent shooting, but they got their fast-break working in the fourth quarter and expanded their lead from six points to 19 at the end of the game.

The Trojans led 8-6 after one quarter, then trailed 20-14 at halftime and 28-22 after three quarters.

Shannon Kroeker was in foul trouble part of the night, but finished with 11 points to pace Hillsboro, which now stands at 13-4 for the season.

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