(February 20th, 2015) – WEST UNITY: After being surprised by Edon in the first half, the hometown Cadets of Hilltop rallied the troops and came away with a strong victory.
Despite trailing mid-way through the third period, Hilltop was able to claim a 60-48 victory.
The Bomber boys got off to a phenomenal start in the road game, jumping out to a 16-8 lead in the contest’s opening period. Hilltop fought back in the the second quarter, outscoring Edon 18-13. That pulled the home team to within 3 points of their Buckeye Border Conference foe at the half, 29-26.
But it was the third stanza where the Cadet boys overtook the Bombers. Their defense swarmed the Edon boys, allowing the Hilltop offense to regain the advantage. By the time Edon was able to put more points on the board, which was in the fourth quarter, they were already too far behind to catch up. Instead, Hilltop was able to hold on to a 12 point lead as the final buzzer sounded.
Hilltop senior Jalen Towers was the high scorer for the Cadets, putting up 17 points in the comeback win. Tim Maneval, a sophomore, was close behind his elder teammate, scoring 15 points of his own. Quinn Smith added 5 points to the Hilltop total as well.
Jim Peckham had an exceptional day for Edon, as the junior connected on 7 threes on his way to 23 points. Senior Alex Kirkingburg contributed another 10 points to the Bomber total, while Landon Bloir scored 8 points in the Edon loss.