Hillsboro boys roll in first round of sub-state

The outcome was expected, but the good news was that Hillsboro boys did look like a No. 1 seed in their lopsided 65-38 victory over No. 8 Sterling Tuesday night in Brown Gymnasium.

The Black Bears, who, at 1-19, were a mirror image of the Trojans’ 19-1 record coming into the game, enjoyed leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 5-4 before a pair of free throws by Derek Hamm ignited a 13-0 run the rest of the first quarter and gave Hillsboro a 17-5 lead at the break.

The Trojans then used a 16-2 surge to start the second quarter to blow the game open. By halftime, Hillsboro was ahead 34-12.

Hillsboro didn’t ease up much in the third period either, building its largest lead of the night at 56-21 as the quarter ended.

Coach Darrel Knoll went deep into his bench during the final period, and Sterling took advantage of it by outscoring Hillsboro 17-9 over the final eight minutes.

Eric Weinbrenner led HHS with a game-high 17. Derek Hamm and Lucas Hamm each added 10 points for the 20-1 Trojans, who will advance to the sub-state semifinals on Friday night against the winner of Monday’s game between Lyons and Ellsworth.

The game will be played at Lyons, but the time will not be announced until the Lyons-Ellsworth winner has been determined.

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