By Bryan Davis
The Hebron Christian School Eagles hoops team made a valiant effort to keep their state tournament hopes alive on Monday. Unfortunately for the Hebron boys, Heidelberg Academy’s team was able to outlast them with a 51-44 overtime win.
“The guys played really well,” said Hebron head coach Greg Watkins. “We were one shot away from being in the quarter finals. These boys worked hard and achieved a whole lot over the course of the year.”
Hebron’s offense, led by senior Carlton Clay, was on coming out of the gates. The Eagles put up 17 points in the first quarter. Heidelberg was right behind them, however, scoring 15 points of its own.
In the second, Heidelberg was able to reverse that two-point deficit, out-scoring Hebron 14-10 in the period.
Trailing 19-17 at the half, Hebron came back out with a solid defensive effort in the third quarter, keeping Heidelberg from pulling away.
The Eagles cut the lead to one with the 10-9 period.
In the last quarter of regulation, the Eagles once again out-scored Heidelberg by one point, this time a 5-4 effort. This was just enough to force an overtime period.
It was in this fifth period that Hebron’s offense went cold, only putting up two points. Heidelberg, meanwhile, netted nine points in the period for an overall four-point victory.
Clay finished the game with 28 points. Chad Smith had six points, and Will Corbin Rogers scored five.
Ben Pearson scored three and Taylor Coggins had two points on the night.
Playing their final game for the Eagles were seniors Clay, Smith and Kevin Simmons.