The Hillsboro Boys Varsity Basketball team lost a heartbreaking game in overtime to Fox High School in the North County Round Robin Tournament in North County. The Hawks lost 68-60, which came on the heels of the team’s first win of the season against De Soto in the first round of the tournament.
The Hawks got out to an early lead by getting their offense going early. They hit a trio of three-pointers and totaled 20 points in the first quarter, good for a 20-16 lead going into the second. Zach Whaley was the featured offensive weapon, scoring five points in the first. The Hawks kept their lead going into half-time after scoring 12 more points and holding Fox to just 10 in the second quarter. Six different Hawks scored in the second quarter.
Hillsboro entered the second half up 32-26, but Fox chipped away at their lead in the third and the Hawks went into the final quarter with a diminished lead of just 42-40. Jasiah Tullock scored five points for Hillsboro in the third as they did everything they could to hold off Fox, but they were unable to maintain their lead.
Unfortunately, Fox managed to tie the game and force overtime. In OT the Hawks were clearly worn out and tired as the team was unable to keep up with Fox, scoring only four points in the overtime period and eventually losing 68-60.
“I think if shots fall, then the game has a different outcome,” said Hawk’s guard Zach Whaley. “We could also talk more on defense and take care of the bell more.”
Eric Schneider had some similar words when asked about the loss. “We should’ve had better communication on defense. They were able to get some easy buckets from our lack of talking.”
Tullock led Hillsboro with 13 points, while Noah Holland was right behind him with 12. Zach Whaley scored nine and Kyle Phipps and Kieren Jones both scored eight. Eric Schneider added six points, Kyle Besand had three, and Werner Finder wrapped up the scoring with a point. Whaley and Schnieder both had a team high nine rebounds.
The Hawks will look to rebound in their next game against North County at 7pm on Friday.