“Coming out we were very intense and offensively we shared the ball,” Hollister coach Chris Kennedy said. “We did a real good job on getting the open shot for the guys.”
After the first quarter Hollister (13-4) was up 14-11, with six points from high-scorer Ethan Davidson.
“Ethan Davidson, my sophomore, did a real good job tonight of getting himself open, facing the basket, and putting the ball in the hole,” Kennedy said. “Once that started working, we threw it in there and my guards started getting their shots.”
The Tigers’ defense allowed Aurora (6-8) to only score five points in the second quarter. A three-point play from Hollister’s Zach Calovich put the Tigers up 23-13.
Hollister’s Kyle David nailed a 3-pointer, then Davidson scored down low and Andy Wenger knocked down a trey before Aurora got a 3-pointer before the buzzer to make it 31-16 at halftime.
“They just outworked us on the boards,” Aurora coach Daniel Cutbirth said. “They had over 20 points off of offensive rebounds in the first half. We didn’t match their intensity and they just outplayed and outworked us.”
Aurora gained momentum in the third quarter by cutting the Tigers off after their first basket. The Tigers made several turnovers and the Houn’ Dawgs went on a nine-point run making the score, 33-25.
“Early in the third quarter we made some unforced turnovers which I think we were trying to put them away too quick,” Kennedy said. “We took a step back and said ‘Let’s do what we did in the first half and move the ball around’ and once we shared the ball, we did a good job.”
With two and half minutes left, Hollister’s Davidson scored to give the Tigers a 10 point lead. Just after the two minute mark, Hollister’s Trey McDowell nailed a jumper.
Aurora answered with consecutive baskets, one by Jordan Fronbarger and oneby Corey Gregory. Davidson responded with a three-point play to give the Tigers a 10-point lead again. Hollister led by nine after three quarter.
Hollister plays again on Monday, Jan. 21 against School of the Ozarks in the Sparta tournament. Aurora plays next week against Cassville in the Bolivar Tournament.
Hollister 58, Aurora 40
Hollister 14 17 9 18 --- 58
Aurora 11 5 15 9 ---40
Hollister top scorers—Ethan Davidson 19, Trey McDowell 12, Kyle David 9, Andy Wenger 9
Aurora top scorers—Jordan Fronbarger 10, Andrew Parker 9, Garrett Bader 9