Hillsboro boys split week in tough fashion

After getting a win over the defending Class 3A State Champions in Halstead, 53-41, the Hillsboro Boys Basketball team fell to Larned after a late bucket sent the game to overtime, 62-59.

“Larned was a tough loss. They are a good team, but we weren’t as sharp as we usually are,” Hillsboro Head Coach Darrel Knoll said. “We still played well enough to win. I thought the guys played hard and competed to the end, but it was a rough shooting night. Missed free throws and a couple of turnovers down the stretch cost us the game.”

Hillsboro played Larned tough the whole game. They were down just one point at half, 27-26, and the deficit grew in the third quarter by four points, 42-37, but a late game rally by the Trojans gave them a lead late.

Eventually the game got forced to overtime, and Larned came away with a three-point win. Wes Shaw led Hillsboro with 23 points, going 11-20 from the field, to go along with 14 rebounds and a steal. Mathew Potucek chipped in 12 points, six rebounds and two assists in the loss.

Against Halstead, earlier in the week, it was far different. Hillsboro got on top of Halstead quickly with a 24-18 lead at half. They increased their margin every quarter and Halstead never mounted much of a run to get the game close enough for worry.

“We played well versus Halstead. Our defense was really good. We forced tough shots and turnovers then entire night,” Knoll said. “I was really happy with the way we communicated and kept them from gaining any kind of offensive rhythm. Offensively, we had multiple players score.”

One of those players was again Shaw who led the Trojans with 20 points, eight rebounds, and a steal. Caleb Potucek had eight points and four assists while Matthew Potucek also had eight points and five rebounds in the game.

Coming- The boys played at Hoisington on Tuesday, Feb. 12. They play away at Lyons on Friday, Feb. 15 after the girl’s game.

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