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Stoltz hits game-winner as Salukis take down Hutsonville, 62-60
BRIDGEPORT - When the lead changes hands 10 times during the final five and a half minutes, you want to be the team to take the last shot.

In Little Illini Conference boys basketball action Friday night against Hutsonville, the Red Hill Salukis made the last possession of the game count.

With 5.9 seconds to play, after a timeout, Tanner Stoltz took an inbounds pass at half court, drove to the basket, pulled up at about the free throw line, and hit the game-winning shot, giving the Salukis a 62-60 win.

Red Hill coach Bryan Havill talked about his team's last timeout.

"We were trying to decide whether they were going to guard Ramsaran in the corner or not. He had just hit a three," Havill said, talking about the last play. "We run that sometimes with him (Stoltz) and Murray both. I told him, 'If you get it and they double you, then you've got to get it to the open guy, and if they don't, get to your sweet spot.' I said, 'Don't pull up for a 3-pointer. You've got plenty of time to get that thing into the teeth of the defense', and he did and hit it."

Hutsonville took its biggest lead of the game, 48-41, with the first basket of the fourth quarter. Stoltz hits a 12-footer, Ryan Kolb a basket inside, and Jake Allen a free throw to pull the Salukis to within two.

Hutsonville answered with two free throws before Zach Breault scored and Kolb put Red Hill on top with an old-fashioned three-point play with 4:50 left.

Kolb, Stoltz, Allen and Ramsaran scored for the Salukis with the Tigers answering each time.

Ramsaran's 3-point gave the Salukis a 60-58 lead with 53 seconds left. Hutsonville's Landon Williams missed a 3-pointer and Allen rebounded the ball with 25 seconds to play.

With a two-point lead and needing to hold on to the ball for 12 more seconds, Graham Alspach stole the ball and drove to the basket for the score to tie the game. Red Hill took the ball to halfcourt before calling its final time out and setting up what proved to be the winning score.

Kolb, a 6-5 junior center, had a career-high 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Kolb scored 12 points in each half

"We did a really good job of getting him the ball, but he did an extremely good job of getting deep in the block and getting some deep position," Havill said.

Stoltz scored 12 points and Allen 11 to give the Salukis good balance. Breault, a 5-10 sophomore, made his first varsity start and contributed six points. Ramasaran hit both of the 3-point shots he took for six points.

Dalton Murray, the team's leading scorer at about 12 points per game, was sidelined with an injured ankle and played just the first four minutes of the third quarter.

For Hutsonville, Alspach, a 6-2 junior, scored 21 points with Williams getting 17, Treyvor Ferguson getting 12 and Kienan Knecht 10. They were the only four Tigers to score.

The game was about as close as a game could get from start to finish. The lead changed hands 19 times and was tied five times. Red Hill's biggest lead was eight, 19-11, early in the second quarter.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent. The Salukis were 26-for-49 for 53 percent. The Tigers were 25-49 for 51 percent.

With the win, Red Hill improved to 4-13 overall, 2-4 in league. The Salukis are 4-3 over their past seven games. Hutsonville-Palestine fell to 5-10 overall, 0-3 in league.

Red Hill travels to Flora this evening.

In the junior varsity contest, Red Hill jumped out to a 21-2 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 52-37 win. Freshman Kameron Vinsel paced the Salukis, now 3-6 on the season, with 18 points with Tanner Gray getting 16 and Andrew Tabler 12.

Red Hill 62, Hutsonville 60

HUTSONVILLE (60)

Ferguson (f) 5-12 0-0 12, Lowrance (g) 0-3 0-0 0, Alspach (f) 10-16 1-1 21, Williams (g) 5-11 4-4 17, Knecht (c) 5-6 0-0 10, T. Newlin 0-1 0-0 0, B. Newlin 0-0 0-0 0, Weaver 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-49 5-5 60.

RED HILL (62)

Stoltz (g) 6-15 0-0 12, Allen (f) 4-10 3-4 11, Kolb (c) 10-12 4-5 24, Breault (g) 3-6 0-0 6, Ramsaran (f) 2-3 0-0 6, Holtz 1-1 0-0 2, Vinsel 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 0-1 1-2 1, Murray 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 8-11 62.

3-point shooting: Hutsonville 5-13 (Ferguson 2-4, Lowrance 0-1, Alspach 0-1, Williams 3-6, T. Newlin 0-1), Red Hill 2-8 (Stoltz 0-3, Allen 0-1, Breault 0-2, Ramsaran 2-2). Rebounds: Hutsonville 21 (Alspach 8), Red Hill 16 (Kolb 8). Fouls: Hutsonville 11, Red Hill 11. Turnovers: Hutsonville 11, Red Hill 6.

Hutsonville 11 19 16 14 - 60

Red Hill 14 16 11 21 - 62

Officials: Tim Wolfe, Gary Albert, Jeff Koger. Junior Varsity: Red Hill 52 (Vinsel 18, Gray 16, Tabler 12), Hutsonville 37.



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