A day after losing to Northwest, the Hillsboro boys freshman basketball team came back on Tuesday to defeat Windsor, 43-33 in a consolation semifinal game of the Seckman Freshman Tournament. The Hawks will now play for fifth place on Thursday.
The young Hawks came out ready to play in this one, racing to a 10-4 first quarter lead on the strength of four points from Kieren Jones. Jones said getting ahead was a key factor in the game. “It was very important,” he noted after the game. “I’m glad my team could have a good start to the game, and we finished it with a win. I can’t wait to see how the season goes from now.”
The second quarter saw the Allisons get the hot hands. Jonah scored seven points after being held scoreless in the first quarter, while Josh netted five points. The Hawks found themselves up 26-13 as they headed to the locker room for halftime. Again, Josh Allison mentioned the quick start. “Starting out the game with a lead definitely made our team have more confidence. If we wouldn’t have come out strong, then it would have been a much closer game.”
The second half was much more tightly contested. In fact, the Owls made up a little ground, outscoring Hillsboro 20-17. But the fast start assured the Hawks of the victory, which evened their record at 1-1 on the season.
Jonah Allison led the Hawks will 11 points on the night. He said there was a big difference in the way the Hawks played on consecutive nights. “Last night’s game, the team didn’t foul as much, and we played a smarter game compared to Monday’s game,” he explained. “Playing better defense and running the offense correctly made this game more successful.”
Josh Allison, Jones, and Tyler Tieken each scored eight points for Hillsboro. Tieken said fouls still are a bit of a concern. “On Monday, we fouled way too much, and we didn’t run our offenses and defenses like we should have. We still fouled a decent amount last night, but we played better as a team, and ran the offenses and defenses well. We have time to fix these problems, though, for the season.” Rounding out the scoring for Hillsboro was Zach Reynolds and Logan Cafourek with four points apiece.
The victory moves the Hawks to the fifth place game to be played tomorrow (Thursday) night at 6:30 p.m. in Seckman’s gym #2. Hillsboro’s opponent will be Oakville.