Boys basketball: Hebron outlasts North Judson
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent January 25, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: February 27, 2013 6:17AM
NORTH JUDSON — In a couple of weeks, Hebron and North Judson will be in the same Class 2A sectional. Friday night, they were at North Judson for a regular-season game, and the Hawks came out on top of a closely contested battle, 53-45.
“It was a battle of two sectional opponents, feeling each other out the whole game,” Hebron coach John Steinhilber said. “We’re just trying to get ready for the sectional, we played just well enough to win. Once they went up eight (nine), we tightened our boots and started running our offense.”
The game left Bluejays coach Phil Shabi shaking his head.
“We can’t be up nine points in the second half and lose,” he said. “We had 14 turnovers in the second half. Nothing comes easy to us.”
What did seem to come easy was foul trouble. Shabi noted that eight of 13 games that the team has lost has been when his team has had two starters in foul trouble in the first quarter. That happened Friday night, and down the stretch his team lost three players to the foul route.
And in that last-quarter stretch, the Hawks were 12-of-17 from the free-throw line, enough to put them over the top.
The Bluejays scored one basket in the final quarter, with the rest of their 12 points coming from the free-throw line. Part of the reason for that is much of their offense was sitting on the bench either fouled out, or in foul trouble.
Junior Tony Rose led Hebron with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, but it was senior Jon Moneta who really did the damage to North Judson. Rose cut the Bluejays’ lead to 35-33 with a free throw to open third quarter, then Moneta hit two buckets to give his team a 37-35 advantage.
The Hawks never trailed from that point on.
Later, Moneta hit a 3 with just under four minutes to play, and that pretty much killed any momentum for North Judson. Wheeler finished with 12, and fellow sophomore Bryce Hanaway added 11.
Junior Dalton Bailey led the Bluejays with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore point guard Josh Mullens added nine and junior Jacob Shabi 10.
Hebron is now 8-5, North Judson 3-10.