The Hillsboro boys hung with a physically gifted Hesston squad for half a game, but in the end the Swathers proved to be more than the Trojans could handle as they claimed the Trojan Classic title with a 47-33 victory Saturday at Brown Gymnasium.
After Hesston jumped to a 6-0 lead within the first three minutes, it appeared the Trojans might be in for a long night. But Hillsboro?s defense kept the Swathers in range.
Hesston pushed the lead to 9-0 before two free throws from Ben Bebermeyer put Hillsboro on the board with 1:57 left in the opening quarter. Brett Weinbrenner hit a three with a minute to go, but Hesston was up 14-5 as the quarter ended.
Hillsboro actually outscored the Swathers in the second period. Hillsboro started with a 7-2 surge — five of those points coming from Weinbrenner — to pull to within 16-12 with 5:00 left in the half. A field goal by Hesston?s Lucas Petrocci was the only score either team managed the rest of the way, and Hesston led 18-12 at intermission.
The game turned in the first five minutes of the third period. Hesston?s Taylor Redding exploded for 15 points to fuel a 17-3 run that inflated the Swather lead to 20 points at 35-15 with 2:17 left in the period.
After a Trojan timeout, Hillsboro gathered itself and narrowed the deficit to 17 by the end of the quarter. The Trojans actually won the final quarter, 13-10, fueled by a three-pointer by Weinbrenner and two more late in the game by Christian Ratzlaff.
Weinbrenner finished with 11 points to lead the Trojans, who dropped to 7-6 with the losss. Redding scored 23 to lead the Swathers, who improved to 10-2.