Hornets Win HIT Semi; Knock Off Harman, 74-66
In the opener of the Hometown Invitational Tournament, Hundred hosted Union Grant on Jan. 27. After a rocky start, the Hornets put together a pair of quarters to take a 43-40 lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
However, the Hornets lost its star player, Rusty Morris, with two technical fouls, for the remainder of the game, and Union went on to claim a 61-52 victory.
Mitch Moore paced the hometown Hornets with 13 markers, while Morris and Greg Stewart teamed for 22 points and 18 rebounds. In addition, Kirk Shriver netted eight points, while Nick Phillips sank a triple and a deuce. Chris Varner and Thomas Preston each tallied a basket, while Moore and Morris equally divided six assists.
“We played pretty well in the first three periods, but fell apart in the fourth period of play,” said Hundred Head Coach Greg Hostetler.
Harman 67, Hundred 74
In the semifinals of the HIT, the Hornets put up 29 points in the fourth period to get the best of Harman, 74-67.
Hundred jumped out to a quick 5-0 advantage over the visitors but, just as quickly, Harman went on a 9-0 run of their own to take a 11-8 lead after one period of play. Hundred’s Shriver and Moore came out in the second period on fire, swishing four baskets from beyond the arc and four two-point baskets to give the hosts the lead back. However, Harman matched Hundred basket for basket to take a 34-31 halftime lead.
For much of the third period, Harman was in total control. However, with about three minutes left in the period, Hundred hit a hot streak and pulled to within eight points with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
The Hornets put together one of their finest quarters of the year, and turned an eight-point deficit into a seven-point victory for a 15-point turnaround to get the much deserved victory.
Shriver and Moore combined to score 49 of the Hornets’ 74 points, including seven three-point baskets, with Shriver making six of the seven triples to pace Hundred. In addition, Phillips, tacked on 15 points, while Varner tallied six points, and both Armstrong and Stewart nailed a deuce.