Boys fall to Highland
Hillcrest travelled to Highland Monday and battled the 17-2 Huskies to the end, but came up on the short end of the 49-44 score. The Ravens trailed by three at 47-44 and had the ball with 15 seconds to play, only to turn it over. Forced to foul, Hillcrest watched Mason McFarland knock down two free throws to seal the win for the Huskies.
Highland jumped out to a 10-0 lead before an Aaron Hershberger jumper stopped the bleeding. The Huskies converted a steal to close the first period up 17-9. Highland then stretched the margin to 28-16 at the half, led by McFarland’s 15 points, including three treys.
The Ravens battled back and cut it to 42-40 with two minutes to play, but could get no closer, as the Huskies salted it away at the line down the stretch.
Kobe Borntrager scored 21 points on 8-11 from the floor to pace Hillcrest. Eli Ours recorded 11 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds. Borntrager and Ours each had one triple. Aaron Hershberger scored eight points on 4-5 from the floor and had three steals. Drew Blauvelt picked up three steals and Will Kolck and Luke Schrock each scored two points to complete the scoring.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “we dug ourselves a hole early, and we fought back tough. We simply need to eliminate a few more mistakes to give ourselves a chance. Highland is clearly a very good team and made the plays they needed to make.”
The loss drops Hillcrest to 8-7 in conference play, 8-8 overall. The Ravens close out the home season Tuesday against Columbus with Senior Night. Seniors Drew Blauvelt and Kobe Borntrager will be honored prior to the game.