Hillsboro goes 2-1 in early season tourney

MOUNDRIDGE- After a tough start to the tournament, the Hillsboro Boys Basketball team rebounded to win their last two games and go 2-1 at the early season tournament in Moundridge last week.

They opened the tournament against Inman, who beat them 49-38. Joe Knoll was the only Trojan in double figures with 11 points for the game. Hillsboro stuck with Inman throughout the first half, only down 29-28, but the offense slowed in the second half, scoring a total of ten points for the half.

Things got much more exciting offensively when Hillsboro took on Moundridge in the second round. They beat the Wildcats, 50-49 in overtime after Darian Ratzlaff hit the game winning shot at the buzzer to pull the Trojans ahead. He finished the game with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals leading Hillsboro in most categories. Wes Shaw chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds in the game as well.

“I was really impressed with our poise and playing to win in the last seconds. We got a really good shot from Caleb Potucek. Wes kept the rebound alive, which allowed Darian to get the last shot,” said Coach Darrel Knoll. “Darian’s poise was great–he didn’t rush the shot, which allowed him to make it! That was a great win for us!”

Hillsboro got off to a hot start against Moundridge scoring 19 first quarter points, but cooled off going forward with just 27 points in the next three quarters. Moundridge caught up with Hillsboro, but with Ratzlaff’s shot, the Trojans scored enough to get past the tournament host.

In the fifth place game of the tournament Hillsboro faced Lyons and the score wasn’t nearly as close as the last. Hillsboro beat the Lions, 65-51, with a balanced night of scoring that saw Hillsboro shoot 41 percent from the floor for the game.

Shaw led the team with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Knoll, 12 points, and Razlaff, 11 points, weren’t far behind.

Coming- Hillsboro plays at Marion on Tuesday, December 11 and then again at home on Dec. 18 against SE of Saline.

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