Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:04 am
Hemingford boys too much for Morrill

MORRILL — The Hemingford boys basketball team scored 35 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to a 69-29 win over Morrill on Tuesday night at Morrill Elementary School.

The Bobcats held just a 24-12 lead at the half and outscored Morrill 10-9 in the third before igniting in the final stanza to record their 15th win of the season. The win was Hemingford's second in the past two days after defeating Minatare 71-45 on Monday at Minatare.

After leading 9-4 late in the first, Matthew Wood capped a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the period to give the Bobcats a 12-4 lead. Blake Hansen started off the second period with a bucket, followed by a traditional three-point play by Colt Foster to extend the lead to 17-4. Tanner Benge answered a bucket by Morrill's Riley Debeor at the 4:39 mark of the second period, converting a three-point play of his own to put the Bobcats up 20-6. Hemingford ran the score to 24-8 at the 3:15 mark, but DeBeor brought the Lions back to within 12 points on back-to-back buckets late in the half.

After going back and forth in the third, Hemingford held the 34-21 advantage with eight minutes left to play. The Bobcat defense stiffened up in the final period, holding the home team to just eight points while rattling off 35 in the stanza to run away with the 40-point win.

Morrill finished the night going 3-for-9 from the free-throw line. Debeor led the Lions in scoring with 12 points, followed by Jordan Rhode and Ryan McMackin, who finished with six points apiece.

Foster paved the way for Hemingford with a game-high 16 points, followed by Matthew Mayer, who finished the night with 15. Matthew Wood chipped in 12 points, while Jameson Forgey added nine.

Hemingford (15-5) will next be in action when it travels to Kimball on Friday. Morrill (3-15) hosts Bridgeport on Thursday.

Hemingford (15-5) 12 12 10 35 — 69

Morrill (3-15) 4 8 9 8 — 29

HEMINGFORD: Jameson Forgey 9, Colt Foster 16, Kyle Kaman 4, Matthew Wood 12, Blake Hansen 4, Matthew Mayer 15, Johnny Manning 2, Tanner Benge 7.

MORRILL: Ryan McMackin 6, Colten Miller 5, Jordan Rohde 6, Riley Debeor 12.

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