Boys Basketball: Hillcrest too much to handle for Thornton
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 15, 2012 10:10PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 2:17AM
Thornton coach Troy Jackson told his players after a 27-point win over Stagg Friday night that the win reminded him of the old Thornton teams.
The compliment doesn’t get much better than that considering the unique athletes that have roamed the halls for the Wildcats over the years.
Jackson probably wasn’t too sure how to categorize the first 12 minutes of Saturday night’s contest against Hillcrest during the Thornton Shootout when his team trailed 25-6.
His team would recover in frenetic fashion midway through the second quarter, only to see it go to waste as the Hawks completely dominated the remainder of the game, handing the Wildcats an embarrassing 79-48 loss on their home court.
“We just got outmatched,” Jackson said. “They are just a better team. The good thing is we don’t have to see them again. They aren’t in our conference or in our Class.”
The Hawks (7-2) were simply too fast and too good for the Wildcats (3-5) to hang with for four quarters on this night. The Wildcats used a 14-0 second quarter run behind six points each by D’Andre Fuller and Da’Marques Turner to get back into the game, 25-20.
The Wildcats cut it to 30-28 before a 9-0 half-ending run by the Hawks put them back in control 39-28. That lead exploded to 60-39 by the end of the third quarter behind Allen Jones, who had 11 of his 13 points in the quarter -- including three three-pointers.
Jovan Mooring led the Hawks with 19 points, Kyle Oden added 11, and Devonte Archer punched in 10.
“This was a team effort,” Mooring said. “We had fun and played like a team tonight. We rallied the storm. The way we’ve been playing I didn’t expect to win like this. This was our best game of the year and we need to play like this every night.”
Four players -- Justin Montgomery, Turner, Justin Taylor, and Fuller — had nine points each to lead the Wildcats.
“This is a proud school and I don’t want to see them anytime in the future,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “I know if we saw them again it would not be this way.
“We’ve been stressing to the team that we have to learn how to maintain a lead. We’ve been taking some punches but we know how to rebound [from a run] now.”