The Hillcrest Academy Ravens picked up a big home win Tuesday over Lone Tree, defeating the Lions 65-31 on the strength of balanced scoring and stingy defense. Grant Bender scored 18 points, John Hughes had 16 and Eli Ours tallied 15 points to lead the balanced offensive attack.
Hillcrest jumped to a 16-7 lead after one quarter and extended the margin to 33-13 at the half. The Ravens led 50-25 after three quarters, and a 10-4 run made it 60-29 with four minutes to play.
Aiden Krabill added six points, Noah Miller scored four, Aaron Hershberger had three points, Aidan Yoder two points, and Luke Schrock a free throw. The ball moved well as Ours had eight assists, Bender had five, and Schrock picked up four assists. Bender had a team-high four steals. Hughes led with seven rebounds, and Hershberger and Bender had five boards apiece.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “It was good to see things click at both ends for longer stretches. The passing was very good at times, and it starts with the strong floor play of Eli Ours, who also did a nice job of pushing the break. It’s fun to watch the unselfish play of this team continue to grow. Defensively, we played harder, though we had trouble at times on the glass, which we have to get better at.”
Hillcrest moves to 3-3 in conference play, 4-4 overall and next plays at Winfield-Mt. Union Friday.