Hillsboro drops close one on road

Darian Ratzlaff drives to the basket in the second half of Friday’s game against Haven on the road. Joey Young/Free PressHAVEN- A late Haven three ended up burring the hopes of the Hillsboro Boys Basketball team to steal a road win over a good Wildcat team, 64-59.

With less than a minute left in the game Haven’s Jamar Miller drilled a three to put the Wildcats up over Hillsboro by one point, and once the foul game was over the Trojans were dealt the loss despite a furious comeback.

Hillsboro got the early lead over Haven, 20-14, but the Cats clawed back into the game and Hillsboro only held a 34-33 lead at the end of half.

A quiet third quarter, six points, gave Haven the lead and ultimately Hillsboro’s comeback was up short.

Darian Ratzlaff was on fire in the game, hitting 50 percent of his three point attempts, and ending the game with 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Wes Shaw was 7 of 9 for 14 points in the game.

“We played hard, but we struggled offensively in the second and third quarters’” said Coach Darrel Knoll. “They shot well from 3 and from the free throw line.”

Coming- Hillsboro hosts and plays in the Trojan Classic this week. Hillsboro (4-3) came in as the No. 4 seed and was scheduled to play Remington (4-3). If Hillsboro advances, they play the winner of Riley County (5-1) and Clay Center (1-6) at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. If they lost, they will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabor gym. The championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The other teams playing in the tournament are Hesston (6-2), Republic County (4-4), Holcomb (4-3) and Eureka (4-3).

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