MT. JULIET — Hillsboro’s boys scored a putback at the buzzer. Whether it came before or after the horn sounded depends on who one asks.
Mt. Juliet believed the tip-in came after the buzzer sounded. But unfortunately for the Golden Bears, the officials ruled that the shot was released before the horn, giving Hillsboro a 43-42 victory Friday night.
The controversial score capped a 12-7 fourth-quarter comeback for the Burros, who trailed 35-31 entering the period.
“I’m never going to blame the refs,” Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen said. “We had plenty of chances to win it. We had our hands on the ball twice on that last possession, but we just didn’t come up with it.”
Hillsboro got off to an 18-6 first-quarter start. But the Golden Bears battled back to force a 22-22 halftime tie.
Brandon Cody and Juanya Smith each scored 11 points and Kin Webster 10 for Hillsboro.
Nolan Chowbay’s 11 points paced Mt. Juliet while John Mark Bell rang up three 3-pointers for his nine. Reagan Johnson added eight points, Daniel Schroder six, James Womack five and Christian Bell a three as the Bears fell to 1-2.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Antioch on Tuesday night.
Blue Devils 2-0 after another strong 2nd half
Two games does not a trend make, but Lebanon’s boys are becoming a second-half team.
The Blue Devils pulled away from visiting White County in the second half to take a 62-49 victory in their home opener at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
The teams were tied 10-10 following the first quarter before White County edged in front 29-28 by halftime. Lebanon used a 23-15 third period to go up 51-44 as the Blue Devils improved to 2-0.
“We played 11 guys in the first half,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said. “Tried to pressure them in the fullcourt and take advantage of our depth. It took its toll on the other team. We had fresher legs.”
Lebanon leaped to a 10-2 getaway before the Warriors abandoned their man-to-man for a zone, which stalled the Blue Devils.
“My assistant coaches did an excellent job at halftime making adjustments,” McDowell said. “In the second half we did a better job of attacking their 1-3-1 zone and showed more patience.
“First half we didn’t get to the free-throw line. In the second half, we went 15 times [hitting 11].”
DaShawn McMurry led Lebanon with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
Junior center Covelle Huddleston, a transfer from McGavock, gave Lebanon another shot in the arm with 16 points inside. He’s filled the hole left when one of last year’s posts, Yalen Reed, transferred to Station Camp a few months ago.
“Corvelle’s been a good addition,” McDowell said. “He brings a lot of energy. He runs the floor well.”
Eddie McDaniels, KeShawn Abston and Kadarian Garnett each scored seven points with McDaniels dishing out five assists. Mickell Taylor threw in three points, Dawson Hamilton and Paul Tribble two each and Josh Bean a free throw.
Cade Croslin connected on four triples in leading White County with 22 points while Kodell Henderson had 11.
Lebanon will travel to Macon County on Tuesday night. The Tigers are coached by former Blue Devil assistant Jason Welch.
Saint succumb to Hampshire in overtime
COLUMBIA — Hampshire’s boys took a 53-49 overtime triumph over Mt. Juliet Christian in the Zion Christian Thanksgiving Classic on Friday night.
The teams were tied 42-42 at the end of regulation. Mt. Juliet Christian was up 16-6 following the first quarter and 23-18 at halftime before the Hawks soared in front 32-27 going into the fourth.
Hayden Lightfoot notched 19 points and Kevin Harrington 15 for Hampshire.
Newman Ward knocked down a pair of three-pointers as he and Zack Jones each scored 16 points for the Saints. Alex Graves added three and Gilbert Russ, Drew Headricks, Wyatt Oberg, Landon Boyd and Nathan Green two each.
Mt. Juliet Christian will return tonight to face host Zion.