Hebron Boys complete season sweep of Strider

By: 
BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

The Hebron Christian boys won their second game of the season on Friday night and completed a season sweep of Strider Academy in the process. The Eagles defeated Strider a week ago at home and on Friday faced the task of beating a team twice in seven days.

Hebron’s varsity boys were able to accomplish the task in overtime, while the junior high won their game in overtime, also.

“We went down there to win two ball games, but I wasn’t sure if we could or not,” Hebron Christian head coach Gary Vaughn said. “We were just ecstatic. Our crowd got behind us and we had a really good following for going all the way to Charleston, which is about a two hour drive from Hebron.”

The varsity defeated the Rams 54-52 in overtime.

Adrian Borst was once again the star of the game, scoring four points in overtime to help lead Hebron to its second win in a week’s span.

Borst had seven points in the fourth quarter, including several clutch free throws to help send the game into overtime.

Hebron Christian wasdown by five with 2:16 left in the game and managed to tie the game with 50 seconds left in regulation. The Eagles actually went up by two, but Strider was able to tie the game to send it to overtime.

Hebron’s leading scorer, Borst, went down with a leg injury in the overtime period, but re-entered the game to provide the finishing touch from the foul line.

“(Borst) played phenomenal, especially in the fourth quarter,” Vaughn said. “He really stepped up for us tonight.” Borst scored a team high 16 points, while Dash Turman finished with 12 in the varsity game.

The junior varsity went into overtime with the score tied at 43-43 and the Eagles were able to outscore Strider 12-2 in the extra session for a 55-45 win.

Doug Loden and Turman scored 18 points apiece in the junior varsity game, while Bradley Scott finished with eight.

“I was real proud of them (junior varsity),” Vaughn said. “We had a pretty good lead at halftime and we squandered that lead. Then we had to regain that lead and tie them up at the end and beat them in overtime.”

Coach Vaughn said he was very pleased with the support his team received with the team traveling such a long distance for their last game before Christmas break.

“They (supporters) just got behind those kids and they responded,” Vaughn said. “It was just a phenomenal win for us. I felt we were very fortunate to come out of there the way that we did. I was very pleased with the outcome and the effort that they gave us.”

The varsity squad improved its record to 2-5, while the junior varsity is now 6-1 with most of the players moonlighting as both varsity and junior varsity players.

Hebron Christian’s next game will be at Starkville Academy on Jan. 4.

“That’ll be a tough one, but I like the way my kids are responding,” Vaughn said. “They’re buying in more and more to what I am trying to get them to do and staying away from those things that you can’t do, such as turnovers.”

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