Hillsboro boys bounced back from a frustrating collapse against the host team on Thursday night to beat league rival Lyons, 42-40, on a basket in the final seconds Friday night at the Mound?ridge Pre-Season Tourna?ment.
Combined with a 57-38 first-round victory against Inman on Tuesday, the Trojans posted a 2-1 record for the week and are 3-1 for the young season.
Lyons?Some 16 hours after the Trojans blew an eight-point lead in the final three minutes against Moundridge, they enjoyed a reversal of fortunes with a comeback victory against the Lions.
But it was a long road back. A lethargic Hillsboro squad fell behind 6-0 at the start, and while the Trojans rallied to tie the game at 8, Lyons led 12-8 at the first break. By halftime, Lyons expanded the lead to 22-15?thanks in large part to Hills?boro?s 25 percent shooting (5-20) from the floor.
When Lyons began the third quarter with an 8-0 run through the first 3:38 to inflate the lead to 30-15, the situation looked dire.
But a three-point basket by Preston Loewen at the 3:55 mark started Hillsboro on a comeback that reduced the lead to 34-29 by the end of the third quarter.
Trailing 38-34 with 6:05 left in the game, the Trojans launched a 6-2 run to tie the score at 40 with 3:05 to play.
As Hillsboro had done against Mound?ridge, Lyons played the unintended philanthropist on this night, missing six consecutive free throws during a 1:21 span, to keep the game tied at 40.
Elias Werth then hit the game-winning shot on a runner in the lane with 2 seconds left to give Hillsboro its first and only lead. With 1.3 seconds left, Lyons got off a final three-point shot along the baseline off a full-court pass, but the ball clanked off the rim.
?The thing I?m most proud about with these guys is that they kept playing and kept playing,? coach Darrel Knoll said. ?All of a sudden we got it close and were able to get it at the end. Lyons helped us out by missing a lot of free throws at the end, but we did clean up the rebounds on those misses.?
Werth led all scorers with 20 points. Darian Ratzlaff added 10 points.
Moundridge?The Tro?jans frittered away an eight-point lead in the final three minutes to absorb their first loss of the season, 49-44.
Moundridge led 13-11 after one quarter, but with Hillsboro holding the Wild?cats to 2-for-10 shooting in the second quarter, the Trojans led 22-18 by halftime.
Hillsboro outscored the home team 15-9 in the third quarter for a 37-27 lead. Austin Cross scored six points during the period while Preston Loewen and Darian Ratzlaff each nailed a three-point shot.
When Cross converted a traditional three-point play at the 3:17 mark of the final quarter, Hillsboro led, 44-36.
Suddenly, the Trojans lost their way, committing turn?overs on their next six possessions and watching the Wildcats cash them in for a 10-0 run that put the home team ahead by two.
Hillsboro missed its final three shots of the game, while Mound?ridge made three of four free throws to nail down the improbable comeback victory.
?We?ve been playing pretty well, and one thing we?ve been focusing on is not compounding errors,? coach Darrel Knoll said. ?That?s what we did there down the stretch. We had too many turnovers in a row and had a couple of illegal screens called on us. Those things we have to clean up.?
Austin Cross led Hillsboro with 15 points while Preston Loewen added 11.
?Austin had another really good game,? Knoll said. ?We didn?t get the ball into him as much as we should have, but we had a lot of really good play from the guys over the first three and a half quarters.?
Inman?The Trojans remained in charge of the Teutons from start to finish on the way to a 57-38 victory in Tuesday?s opener.
Hillsboro jumped to a 10-0 lead barely 3 minutes into the game, then held off an Inman charge to lead 16-10 after one quarter.
In the second period, Darian Ratzlaff, Austin Cross and Preston Loewen combined for all 14 of Hills?boro?s points as the lead grew to 30-18 by halftime. Loewen had nine points and Cross eight intermission.
Hillsboro?s 13-6 edge during the third quarter all but finished the Teutons. Elias Werth score eight consecutive points to start the quarter, including back-to-back threes.
The only question in the fourth quarter was what the final margin of victory would be. Coach Darrel Knoll cleared his bench for the final 1:04.
Seven Trojans contributed points, led by Cross with 15 and Werth and Loewen adding 12 each.
Coming?Hillsboro will complete its pre-Christmas schedule when the Trojans host Remington in the home opener Thursday at Brown Gymnasium. The tip-off will be around 7:30 p.m.