Sterling upsets Trojan boys in OT, Tuesday

A combination of hot shooting by Sterling’s Dallas Schnurr, a series of questionable calls by one official, and some flat-out missed opportunities cost the Trojans their third loss of the season, a 65-61 defeat in overtime at Sterling Tuesday night.

The Black Bear’s Schnurr looked like an All-World performer in the first half with 21 points, mostly on 3-pointers, and the home team led, 31-26, at intermission.

The Trojans, led by eight straight points from Andy Brubacher over a period of 74 seconds, pulled into the lead, 46-42, by the end of the third quarter. With 3:27 to play in the game, the Trojans led by 11, 55-44, and seemed in control of their destiny. But before time ran out, the lead had dwindled away and Ross Duerksen and Tyler Weinbrenner had both fouled out of the game — thanks in part to some questionable offensive fouls. Still, with the score tied at 57, Brubacher missed a 3-point shot from the right wing with four seconds left to send the game into OT.

Once there, the Trojans made only two of six free throws and missed missed two field goals in the last 30 seconds that would have at least tied the game again.

Schnurr finished with 30 points to lead all scorers. For HHS, Weinbrenner scored 17 points and Brubacher 13.

With the loss, the Trojans stand at 15-3 on the season and 5-2 in the Mid Division.

The Hillsboro girls, meanwhile, started well offensively, then slowly but surely lost their shooting touch and their confidence, but still managed to sneak out of Sterling with a 38-36 win.

The Trojans led 13-5 after one quarter and made four of their first eight shots. By halftime, the lead had grown to nine, 23-14. But the Trojans managed only 1-for-11 shooting in the third quarter, enabling Sterling to tie the score at 27.

With the score tied at 33, Shannon Kroeker momentarily broke out of what otherwise was a tough shooting night and nailed a 3-pointer with 4:31 to play. The Trojans lived off that field goal and then two free throws by Amber Hefley the rest of the way to hang on for the win. During that stretch, HHS was 0-for-5 from the floor and 2-of-7 from the free-throw line — including two blown one-and-one opportunities.

Jill Hein paced the Trojans (14-4) with 13 points.

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