Cole Lillich’s last second lay-up proved to be the difference as the Broncos escaped with a hard-earned 58-56 win at home versus Baldwin, Jan. 13.
Lillich’s lay-up sealed the verdict and brought to a close an exciting see-saw game.
“Both teams played hard and it was an exciting game to watch,” said Coach Rick O’Neil. “We need to shoot a higher percentage from the field and get to the line more often.”
The Broncos overcame a tough shooting night (23 of 53 for 43 per cent) with solid rebounding and an aggressive defense. Spring Hill forced 16 Bulldog turnovers and out-boarded the visitors 31-30.
Spring Hill jumped to a 16-12 first-quarter lead and went up 31-30 by halftime. Both squads scored 12 third-quarter points before the Broncos closed with 15 fourth-quarter points.
Austin Miller led the way with a game-high 19 points. He connected on six of 11 shots from the field and canned four of five charity tosses.
“Austin played well and converted several baskets in the press,” added O’Neil. “He had a solid effort.”
Besides Miller, Derek Bybee had 15 points and Lillich, nine. Brady Donahue had five points and five assists.
Robbie Sharemet contributed four points; Niles Kahn, Kainon Clark, and Lake Johnson, two points.
Now 5-3, 2-2 in league, Spring Hill hosts Piper, Jan. 17 in its own Invitational opener. A victory would land the Broncos in a likely match-up with K.C. Sumner.