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Tigers split pair of conference games
They drop three-point decision against Royall, beat New Lisbon in overtime
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Hillsboros Matt Anderson bumps into Royalls Adam Vieth in an attempt to put up a shot in the third quarter of the Tigers 52-49 loss to the Panthers Jan. 21. - photo by Nate Beier photo/

ELROY — The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team split a pair of close Scenic Bluffs games last week.

The Tigers dropped a three-point decision at Royall, 52–49, on Tuesday, but bounced back with a 69–67 overtime victory at New Lisbon Friday night.

In last Tuesday’s loss at Royall, Hillsboro fell behind early and trailed by nine at halftime, 27–18.

The Tigers (10–3, 5–2 SBC) rallied in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the Panthers (6–6, 5–3 SBC).

Diminutive senior guard Jordan Baeseman scored a game-high 25 points to lead Royall, including 7 of 9 from the free throw line in the second half.

Sophomore Max Stockwell posted a double–double of 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Hillsboro.

Senior Matt Anderson added nine points and six rebounds. Fellow senior Brandon Stanek finished with eight points and five rebounds.

On Friday, Stanek scored a season-high 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in Hillsboro’s overtime win at New Lisbon.

Stockwell posted his second straight double–double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Anderson also reached double figures in scoring finishing with 13 points and five rebounds.

The upstart Rockets (3–7, 2–5) were in position to pull of the upset thanks to a red-hot shooting night that included 9 of 19 makes from behind the 3-point arc.

Senior guard Michael Myers was 4 of 7 from downtown and scored a team-high 17 points to lead New Lisbon.

Fellow senior guard Casey Brummund went 3 for 3 from behind the arc and added 11 points and four assists.

Senior Johnny Costello finished with 12 points and five assists.

Hillsboro’s non-conference game with Westby on Monday and at Seneca on Tuesday were both postponed due to freezing emperatures and will be made up at a later date.

The Tigers will next host Necedah (11–3, 6–2) on Thursday before traveling to league-leading Bangor (9–4, 7–0) on Tuesday.