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Malvern falls to Hiland 56-51

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Malvern boys basketball
The Hornet's Max Kapron goes in for a dunk during first half action of the Hornets tournament game last Tuesday against the Hiland Hawks.

The Malvern boys just seemed to run out of gas last Tuesday night in the Division IV district semifinal game at New Philadelphia.

The Hornets were outscored by the Hiland Hawks 10-5 in overtime and fell 56-51 in front of a standing room only crowd.

Malvern ends another excellent season at 18-7. Three of those losses have come against Hiland.

Coach Dennis Tucci’s Hornets trailed by eight points midway through the third quarter at 32-24.

But following a Malvern timeout, the Hornets turned up the pressure, forcing a number of Hiland turnovers and seemed to have the Hawks on the ropes as they went on an 18-0 run to go up by 10 points with just over three minutes left in the game.

However, things just seemed to fall apart for the Hornets.

Using their own pressure defense, the Hawks forced a number of Malvern turnovers and got a couple of steals. They outscored the Hornets 14-4 in the final minutes to tie the score at 46-46.

Hiland led 10-7 after the first quarter and 22-19 at halftime after Hiland held the ball for the final 2:09 and scored on an ally-oop pass from Jordan Yoder to Collen Blochlinger at the buzzer.

The Hawks led 32-30 going into the final frame.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Hornets held a 45-44 lead with 55- seconds left on the clock after a Hiland bucket.

Junior Trey Tucci drove to the basket and was fouled, giving him two shots with 20-seconds remaining. He split the pair leaving the Hornets with a two-point lead at 46-44.

The Hawks’ Jordan Yoder drove into the paint and scored with just six seconds remaining in regulation.

Senior Max Kapron led the Hornets with 18 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in the overtime period.

Tucci finished with 13 points, including three three pointers, while Nick Mohr added 11 points.

Malvern hit 14-of-34 action shots and 16-of-25 free throws.

Sophomore Brennan Coil came off of the bench to lead the young Hawks with 17 points, while Yoder added 14.

Hiland was 18-of-53 in action shots and 16-of-19 free throws.

The Hawks fell to River 56-49 in overtime last Saturday in the District championship game at Meadowbrook High School.

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