IL Boys 3A Third Place: Hillcrest 72, Lanphier 67
March 17, 2012
In this consolation contest, Hillcrest was able to do enough for the 72-65 victory over Springfield Lanphier.
Outside of an errand, early shot to end the half, the Hawks finally are playing their style of game shooting over 50%, compared to the Lions who shot less than 40%. In addition, the Hawks attacked the basket and often.
The Hawks held a lead as much as 17, but the Lions were able to erase some of that lead and get it back down to single digits with the play of senior Jaylen Briggity (9), who scored back to back times sprinting down the court in the third. But each time, the Hawks answered and held them off.
In this case, it was a basket by Jalen Loving and two free throws by Jayon’e Troutman that sealed the win for the Hawks.
“We had our pity party at dinner last night and they got it out of their system and realized that there was more basketball to be played,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “We were in the Final Four of the state and we have a lot of things to look forward to in the future.”
Loving had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 17 points, and Brent Buchanan led the way with 15 points, followed by Jayon’e Troutman. Jalen Loving also snagged 13 boards for a double-double.
“Our girls lost the same way we did in their opening semifinal game, but they fought back to bring home the third-place trophy,’’ Hillcrest senior Jalen Loving said, ‘‘and we wanted to do the same thing.’’
On the other side of the ball, the Lions were led by Larry Austin who knocked down 16, followed by T.J. Davis who added 15 off the bench. Lions coach Chuck Shanklin said it was Hillcrest’s length and athleticism that caused problems.
“They are tall, long and they are quick,” Shanklin said. “Our pressure did not get to them and they were able to pass over anything we were trying to do. Our hats go off to them. They are a great team. I am proud of my team’s effort and what we accomplished this season.”
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