The Hillcrest Academy boys basketball crew is again in motion Friday once they journey to Pekin to tackle the Panthers. The Ravens are available in with a 10-5 total file, they’re 8-4 within the Southeast Iowa Superconference and 8-1 for the reason that vacation break. They rolled by Columbus per week in the past 65-27 in Kalona led by Eli Ours 25 factors together with seven of eight sharp capturing from downtown. John Hughes added 14 factors within the victory. Ten whole Ravens scored within the win. On the season Eli Ours leads Hillcrest at 17 factors, 4 assists and three steals per sport. Ours is presently sixth at school historical past in whole factors, made three level objectives, assists and fourth in steals. John Hughes leads the Ravens onthe boards with 5 per sport.
Pekin is available in with a 15-1 total file. They’re presently ranked No. 9 in school 2A within the newest ballot from the Related Press. Of their final recorded motion they dealt with Louisa-Muscatine 69-31 behind 16 factors from Brady Milikin and 15 every from Brock Lengthy and Chandler Stull. On the 12 months the Panthers are led by Lengthy at 16 factors and three steals. Brayden Sobaski averages seven rebounds per sport, and Brady Milikin six assists per sport. The Panthers are ranked within the high 10 in 2A in capturing proportion, three level proportion, assists, blocks and fewest turnovers. This week, Hillcrest head coach Dwight Gingerich talked about his crew’s latest play and what makes the Panthers a troublesome matchup. “The keep after it mentality that our guys have had has been huge. They proceed to work arduous even when issues aren’t going nice. Throughout this successful streak, they’ve confirmed some grit and located a method to get it accomplished. In our first sport in opposition to them, Pekin performed rather well that night time. They’ve measurement, they’ve athletes and veterans. Coach Swanson does a terrific job getting them to play as a cohesive unit. Brock Lengthy actually damage us the primary time, he scored 29. They shot it nicely, they have been within the passing lanes, they made issues very tough for us. It was a really robust night time for our crew. I feel it was an evening you can’t fairly overlook. It was an necessary development alternative for our crew.”
These groups met in December with Pekin scoring a 61-33 win in Kalona. You’ll be able to hear the entire motion dwell tonight between the Ravens and the Panthers on AM 1380, FM 102.5 and KCIIradio.com, starting with the Washington HyVee pregame present at 5:30 and tip at 6p.m.