Trojans slip past Sunrise Buffaloes in Classic opener

The Hillsboro Trojan boys had their hands full in the opening round of pool play at the Trojan Classic Tuesday night, but managed to nail down a 49-43 win over Sunrise Christian Academy.

Hillsboro jumped to a 7-0 led before the Buffaloes scored with 3:51 left in th first quarter. By quarter’s end, the score was 14-9.

An 8-3 run by Sunrise to start the second quarter tied the game at 17 with 5 minutes to go in the half. Toby Berg, Hillsboro’s 6-7 senior, came off the bench to score six points and Caleb Marsh added a 3-pointer to help the Trojans to a 26-19 margin at hafltime.

A zone defense by Sunrise pulled the Trojans into a 1-for-12 shooting funk in the the third quarter, and the Buffaloes led by one, 30-29 at quarter’s end.

The Trojans stepped up their game in the final period, including two huge 3-point baskets by Marsh midway through. His second one gave HHS a 43-38 lead with 2:15 to go. A bucket by Alex Melugin cut the lead back to three. The Buffaloes did not get closer than three points the rest of the way, but the game wasn’t tucked safely away until Eric Weinbrenner hit two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to give Hillsboro a 48-43 advantage.

Marsh finished with 14 points and Jilka added 11 to lead the Trojans offensively.

With the win the Trojans are 1-0 in pool play (9-1 overall) while a tough Sunrise dropped to 0-2 after losing to Thomas More Prep on Monday. Hillsboro will play TMP at 7:30 Friday to determine who will play for the championship on Saturday.

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