Last-second shot gives Collegiate boys the edge over Hillsboro

Brett Alexander found a pot of gold at the end of his last-second rainbow shot from the corner as his Wichita Collegiate team took a 41-38 win over the Hillsboro boys Tuesday at Brown Gymnasium.

Hillsboro led by as many as 10 points midway through the third quarter but seemed to lose intensity iin the second half — which showed itself primarily in the form of turnovers. The Trojans committed eight in the third quarter and managed only five shots from the floor as Collegiate closed the margin to 33-28 at the final break.

Collegiate then started the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to take the lead for the first time at 36-33. Two out of three free throws by Lucas Hamm with 2:15 to go tied the game again at 38. Collegiate essentially played for the last shot after that. Hillsboro had opportunities to regain possession of the ball, but couldn’t get it done.

The loss dropped HIllsboro to 12-6 for the season and marked the third straight home-court defeat for the Trojans. It was the first time Collegiate enjoyed a victory in Hillsboro since December 1996.

In the girls’ game, Hillsboro proved to be no match for the second-ranked Spartan girls, as Colleigate posted an easy 66-31 victory. The continuous clock rule was in effect the entire fourth quarter.

The loss dropped Hillsboro to 9-9.

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