After having their five-game winning streak snapped last week against the rival Tigers of Festus, the Hillsboro Hawks Boys Varsity Basketball squad rebounded in a big way this week. They hosted St. Clair, and made short work of them with a 64-34 victory, before heading to DeSoto and dispatching the Dragons 59-35 to move to 12-5 on the season.
The game against St. Clair started out with a bang as the Hawks put up 18 in the first quarter and held the Bulldogs to just 12. Things were tighter in the second, but Hillsboro still held the advantage by leaning on their defense to the tune of a 10-7 frame. That gave them a comfortable 28-19 lead heading into the halftime break.
The Hawks wanted more though, and must have been buzzing in the locker room, because they turned out their biggest offensive output of the day in the third with a 29-6 beatdown. Already up 57-25 with only eight minutes left to play, Hillsboro went into cruise control in the fourth. They only put up seven more points, but they limited St. Clair to a mere nine and coasted to the 64-34 victory.
Noah Holland was the big story in this one as he led all scorers with 21 points and picked up five rebounds, four assists and four steals as well. Kieren Jones was solid as well, posting a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, while Kyle Phipps was the other notable scorer with 12 points to his name. It was a complete win, as the Hawks won the turnover battle 19-6.
Next up Hillsboro travelled to DeSoto to take on the Dragons, and this one had a very similar feel to it. The Hawks went up 12-10 in the first before pulling away in the second quarter with a 16-5 frame, giving them a 28-15 lead at the half. The defense was prominent once again in this one as DeSoto struggled to get anything going.
The second half wouldn’t be any kinder to the Dragons, as Hillsboro had an 18-10 third quarter to extend their lead to 21 points. They kept things tight in the fourth as well, allowing just 10 points to DeSoto and throwing up 13 of their own for the cherry on top. That of course led to the 59-35 victory, and just like that the Hawks had a new winning streak in the books.
Holland was the lead dog again in this one, paving the way with 22 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals. Phipps was right behind him with 17 points and Jones once again shined on the boards with a team-high eight to compliment his 12 points.
The Hawks are rolling as of late with seven wins in their last eight contests and will look to keep it going on Tuesday as they host Sullivan. They will be trying to improve to 13-5 and keep this fresh winning streak alive.