Hillsboro tames Lions, blasts Black Bears

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Clay Shewey explodes to the hoop and scores over a Sterling defender Friday. Shewey finished with 20 points.

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Daniel Jost puts up a soft half-hook shot to score a short field goal worth two of his 16 points in Friday?s 55-40 home win.

Last-place Sterling stayed within reach of Hillsboro through the first half of their league matchup Friday night, but the Trojans took control in the second half for a 55-40 win over the Black Bears at Brown Gymnasium.

In the end, the game wasn?t as close as the final score might suggest.

HHS jumped to a 13-4 lead after one quarter and maintained a similar margin through halftime at 26-19.

In the third quarter, Sterling?s Matt Bennett sank a 3-pointer to pull the Black Bears to within four points. It was still close at 33-27 at the 4:18 mark, when a basket by Daniel Jost ignited a 10-0 run for a 43-27 lead at the break.

Hillsboro started the fourth quarter with 10 more unanswered points to put the outcome safely to rest at 53-27 midway through the period. Sterling made a mild comeback in the final minutes against the Trojan bench.

?It was a good home win,? coach Darrel Knoll said. ?At times we looked really good tonight. Everybody had really good moments in the game.?

Clay Shewey finished with a season-high 20 points for HHS while Jost added 16 and David Loewen 10 as the Trojans upped their season record to 8-6 and their league mark to 4-2. Sterling dropped to 6-9 and 1-5.

As a team, the Trojans continued the hot shooting they began at Lyons Tuesday, making 22 of 38 shots (58 percent) against Sterling. They also cashed in nine of 12 free-throws.

?We had some good finishes on transitions tonight and I thought we did a good job of taking the ball to the hole,? Knoll said.

Meanwhile, the defense limited the Black Bears to 33 percent success (14-42) from the floor, although Sterling canned 11 of 12 free-throws.

Lyons?A 31-8 third quarter blew open a tight ball game and propelled the Trojans to a 78-57 road victory last Tuesday over the Lions, who came into the game with an 8-5 record.

HHS got off to an 8-2 lead in the first 1:47 when Clay Shewey and Daniel Jost hit back-to-back 3-pointers and David Loewen added a put-back. But the scrappy Lions closed the margin to 12-11 by the end of the first quarter, and actually led 20-18, with 3:58 left in the half. It took a 3-pointer from Ben Bebermeyer with 29 seconds left to give the Trojans a 27-24 halftime lead.

Then came the deluge.

Shewey, Jost and Loewen started the second half the same way they started the first one? with two 3-pointers followed by a put-back.

But Jost kept hitting?two more 3-pointers followed by a 2-pointer. Shewey then nailed a trey and Andy Klassen and Beber?meyer each added a 2-point basket. Hillsboro suddenly led 50-28 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.

The Trojans made 12 of 16 shots from the field during the period, including five from behind the arc. Meanwhile, they limited Lyons to 1-for-14 shooting from the floor.

?I thought we moved the ball pretty well offensively and shot in rhythm?really all game,? coach Darrel Knoll said of the third-quarter exhibition.

?If we hadn?t turned the ball over so much in the first half we would have scored a lot more points,? he added. ?We talked about correcting that at halftime, and also moving the ball and playing tough defense. For the most part we did that.?

The Trojans enjoyed their largest lead of the night, 60-32, when Loewen started the fourth quarter with a put-back. The final quarter turned into a shootout, but Lyons never mounted a serious challenge.

Jost led five Trojans in double digits with 22 points. Loewen added 18, Shewey 14 and Klassen and Bebermeyer 10 each.

HHS made 21 of 32 field-goal attempts (66 percent) in the second half after a 9-for-22 first half (41 percent) for a 56 percent performance for the night.

Meanwhile, Lyons made 20 of 51 (39 percent) for the night.

The Trojans enjoyed a 36-21 advantage on the boards, with Loewen pulling down a team-high 12.

Coming?A report of Hills?boro?s Tuesday night game against Haven appears on the Free Press Web site. On Friday, the Trojans will entertain Nickerson (7-7, 2-4) at Brown Gymnasium, then hit the road Tuesday for a game at Ellin?wood.

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