Toppers Fall To Carlyle In Pool Play

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Using balanced scoring, the Carlyle Indians downed Hillsboro's boys basketball team 60-39 in the last game of pool play in the Kaskaskian Classic Friday evening, Dec. 6; the loss meant Hillsboro would face Flora in the first crossover game on Saturday. The Wolves lost to Greenville in a close contest Friday evening, so the Comets and Indians will oppose each other following the Toppers' game, which will begin at 3 p.m.

The Indians were not gracious hosts on their home floor as they jumped to an 18-9 first quarter advantage even though sophomore Drake Vogel opened the scoring for Hillsboro with a three from his left corner that gave his team their only lead, 3-2. Vogel had 8 of his team high 17 points in the first quarter; a Donovan Smail free throw was the other.

The Indians were intent on stopping Topper Nic Ondrey, a 2018 all tournament selection. Most often Ondrey scores by penetrating; as he approached the three-point line, he'd be guarded closely. When he made his move to the basket, at least two and occasionally three defenders would encircle him. The "Don't let Number 11 beat us" theory worked; although he grabbed seven rebounds, he was 0 for 5 from the field before he was injured fighting for possession near the sideline early in the fourth quarter.

If the game wasn't decided by halftime (the Indians held a 33-20 lead), it was three minutes into the second half. The Toppers registered three turnovers in their first three possessions, and the Indians converted each of them into points as they enjoyed a 10-0 run. After a Hillsboro time out with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter, the Toppers had a 7-0 run of their own, but Ondrey was hurt 20 seconds after the fourth quarter started.

Carlyle had three people in double figures -- Carsen Beer (13), Hayden Hoffman (12), and Brady Heinzmann (12) -- and two others were close -- Brady Johnson had 9 and Quinten Jones had 8. Jones exemplifies the Indians' depth; a 6'4" junior with enough quickness to steal the ball at one end and jam it at the other during the same sequence, he was Carlyle's sixth or seventh man. The Indians are now 2-2; they defeated Sparta in a pre-tournament game.

The Toppers carried a 0-4 mark into Saturday's game with Flora.

December 6 at Carlyle

Kaskaskian Classic Pool Play

Hillsboro 9 11 7 12 39

Carlyle 18 15 10 17 60

Hillsboro (39) - Drake Vogel 17, Gavin Matoush 9, Jace Tuetken 7, Brock Bellaver 3, Dillon Smail 3.

Carlyle (60) - Carsen Beer 13, Brady Heinzman 12, Hayden Hoffman 12, Brady Johnson 9, Quinten Jones 8, Drew Smith 3, Sam Ruscher 2, Isaac Smith 1.

Three-point field goals: Hilsboro 4 (Vogel 3, Bellaver 1); Carlyle 3 (Heinzman 1, Johnson 1, D. Smith 1).

Records: Carlyle (2-2); Hillsboro (0-4).

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