The Hillsboro High boys, fueled in part by a 25-point career-best night from Daniel Jost, broke a close game open late in the third quarter and posted a 66-49 win at Haven Tuesday night.
The Trojans led 20-15 after one quarter and 31-24 at halftime. Hillsboro pushed the lead to double digits, 35-24, early in the period, but Haven launched a run that drew them to within 35-33 with 4:24 left in the quarter.
Clay Shewey sank a free throw, then drained a 3-pointer before Jost hit three 3-pointers in a row, including a long one at the buzzer to put the Trojans ahead 48-41 at the final break.
Hillsboro carried that momentum into the fourth period, starting off with an 11-1 run that catapulted them to a comfortable victory.
Adding to Jost’s output were Gavin Serene with 15 points, David Loewen with 11 and Shewey with 10. The win boosts Hillsboro’s record to 8-5 overall and 4-0 in league play.
The Trojan girls, meanwhile, had a tough time against a good Haven team. The Wildcats all but determined the outcome of the game in the first period, surging to a 22-5 lead. By halftime the margin was 34-14, and then 45-18 after three quarters.
Dakota Kaufman was the only Trojan to break double digits, finishing with 13. The loss drops Hillsboro to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the league.