Hebron boys fall to Starkville Christian

 Hebron Christian's Gabe Harpole tries to beat the Starkville Christian pressure as Steven Lang (12) defends.
Staff Writer

After getting their first win in nearly two years, the Eagles did not fair as well in their follow-up campaign, losing to Starkville Christian 71-35.

“We didn’t have that relentless effort that we got on Friday night,” Hebron Christian head coach Gary Vaughn said. “They pressed us the entire game until the fourth quarter and pretty much beat us as bad as they could.”

The Cougars jumped out to a 15-2 lead when Adrian Borst scored four consecutive points to cut the lead to 15-6. Hebron Christian trailed 21-6 at the end of the first quarter.

“We just came out flat,” Vaughn said. “If we do that with this team that we beat last Friday night (Strider) coming up again, then we’re not going to fare to well, because they’re going to be gunning for us on their home court. We’ve got to get back down to the basics and get focused again.”

As Starkville continued to apply pressure defense, the lead began to balloon. Braeden Triplett drained two free throws with 4:35 left in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 30-11. Borst would score four more points in the second quarter, as the Eagles trailed 47-18 at halftime, en route to a 71-35 loss.

“We were trying to dribble it rather than pass it (to beat the press),” Vaughn said. “Tomorrow, I’m going to get a flat ball and show them the way to break a zone full-court press. You don’t dribble out of it, you pass it.”

Starkville Christian’s Steven Lane scored a game high 37 points. Hebron’s Borst matched total in the win against Strider with 18 of the team’s 35 points. Braeden Triplett finished with seven in the varsity game and no one else finished with over one basket for the Eagles.

“Adrian (Borst) came through again like a trooper for us,” Vaughn said. “He’s a spark for us. Sometimes, when he turns his switch on, man he comes alive.”

The Boys JV defeated Starkville Christian 39-25 behind Loden’s 18 points. John Garrett Lowe also finished with eight points, while Dash Turman added seven.

“We didn’t play that good, but they found a way to win,” Vaughn said. “We certainly weren’t playing anything up to the level that we were playing Friday night.”

Hebron Christian will travel to Strider Academy on Friday, as they try to win another against the Rams.

“We were able to beat them just a few nights ago and playing them back-to-back like this is hard,” Vaughn said. “It’s always tough to beat the same team twice, but we’ve got that before us to do, or not to do. Hopefully we’ll get the job done.”