It was a nightmare third quarter for the Hillsboro boys’ basketball team Friday at Haven.
The Trojans started the second half down three points, 27-24. After the third quarter, the Trojans were down 45-29.
The period began with 6-foot-3 Haven forward Luke Johnson recording two offensive rebounds before scoring on a put back attempt. A Josh Wiebe free throw was the only thing that broke up 11 points for Haven, compiled with 4 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the quarter. Haven hit five layups in the quarter, all but one were uncontested, arriving in transition with the help of long Hillsboro bricks.
The Trojans were unable to close the 16-point difference in the fourth quarter with Haven getting eight points from the free-throw line and two more layups. The Wildcats won the game, 58-35.
“We didn’t attack the basket like we did in the first half,” head coach Darrel Knoll said. “We didn’t make the right decisions. In the second half, everything seemed to go their way.”
Johnson was a terror on both ends of the floor, compiling 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Forward Isaac Ensz had 10 points for Haven with four rebounds. Jed Beachy also had 10 points.
Shaq Thiessen and Brett Weinbrenner had 13 points for Hillsboro. Weinbrenner hit three 3-pointers in the first half, but was held scoreless in the final two periods.
Josh Wiebe had seven rebounds for Hillsboro, including four offensive boards.
Hillsboro forward Josh Davidson did not travel to Haven because of an illness.