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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Hilltopper men hosted their annual holiday basketball tournament last week with games against Ellsworth on Thursday, December 27, and Somerset on Friday, December 28.
While Glenwood City kept both games close, they were unable to come away with any victories as their overall hard court record fell to 2-7 after the first month of the season.
The first game of the tournament, played December 27, was close throughout with Glenwood City leading a bit before the Ellsworth Panthers reclaimed the lead for good with three minutes left to play and held on for a 49-45 win in Thursday’s contest.
The following evening, the Hilltopper men once again kept it close and actually led midway through the second half before Somerset went on an offensive splurge to win by six points 58-52 in the December 28 contest.
The Hilltoppers will resume play this Friday, January 4, with a trip to Boyceville to face the rival Bulldogs in Dunn-St. Croix conference action.
The Hilltopper boys’ basketball team welcomed the Ellsworth Panthers last Thursday evening, December 27, to kick off Glenwood City’s annual holiday tournament and lost by a mere four points.
Toppers’ senior Hadin DeSmith finally ended a nearly seven-minute drought by Glenwood City to start the game when he hit a trey that also ended a 9-0 run by Ellsworth.
DeSmith tallied 13 points on the evening for the Hilltoppers off of two doubles and three triples despite being hurt during the first half with 14:34 left on the clock.
Glenwood City managed to take the lead back from the Panthers with six minutes left in the first, including two points from DeSmith to tie it back up. But the Panthers regained the lead with a minute left on the clock and went into halftime up 28-24.
The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by Dillon Hierlmeier who finished with 14 points which included three triples.
Ethan Hanson netted eight points and Tanner Davis added six points.
Adding to the Glenwood City score were teammates Brandyn Hallquist and Cole Logghe each putting in a field goal.
Glenwood City trailed 28-24 at the break but could not close the four-point gap as both squads scored 21 in the final half.
GLENWOOD CITY 45, ELLSWORTH 49
Glenwood City……..………24 21 – 45
Ellsworth…………….………..28 21 – 49
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — B. Hallquist 1-0-3-2, D. Hierlmeier 6-0-4-14, H. DeSmith 5-0-3-13, C. Logghe 1-0-3-2, E. Hanson 4-0-0-8, T. Davis 3-0-4-6.
Ellsworth — E. Lange 1-4-2-7, C. Woodland 1-0-1-2, I. Mendez 1-5-1-7, M. Anderson 6-2-0-17.
GC— D. Hierlmeier 2, H. DeSmith 3; E — E. Lange 1, M. Anderson 3
The Hilltoppers lead the Spartans by eight points with about ten and a half minutes left in their second game of the 2018 holiday tourney last Friday, December 28.
But it took Somerset just two minutes to erase that deficit and the Spartans finished the game on a 25-11 scoring run to trip the Toppers, 58-52.
Glenwood City, who trailed by a single point, 26-25, at the intermission, built a 41-33 advantage at the 10:33 mark of half number two when senior Dillion Hierlmeier canned consecutive threes which were followed with triples from Hadin DeSmith and Gavin Janson.
Hierlmeier also sank three treys in the first half of play and finished tied for a game-high 19 points with Somerset’s Ty Madden who also netted five three-pointers.
DeSmith, who tallied 13 points in all and made three of his four first-half foul shots, later sank his second three of the game and helped to pull Glenwood City within four points with five minutes remaining in regulation play.
But the Hilltoppers could get no closer as the Spartans made 14 of their 26 second-half foul shots to win the contest by six points, 58-52.
In all, Somerset was awarded 31 charity tosses and made 18. Conversely, Glenwood City took just a dozen free throw attempts and made just seven including going four-of-eight in the second half.
Tanner Davis ran into foul trouble against Somerset and exited the game late in the second half with his fifth foul but not before scoring nine points.
The Toppers’ Ethan Hanson chipped in for five points while Brandyn Hallquist and Gavin Janson each finished with a trey.
GLENWOOD CITY 52, SOMERSET 58
Glenwood City……..………25 27 – 52
Somerset…………….………..26 32 – 58
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — B. Hallquist 1-0-3-3, D. Hierlmeier 6-2-4-19, G. Janson 1-0-2-3, H. DeSmith 4-3-5-13, E. Hanson 2-1-1-5, T. Davis 4-1-5-9.
Somerset — A. Shartin-Folkert 0-3-2-3, B. Sheridan 1-1-4-4, M. Medina Oritz 0-2-0-2, J. Cook 0-1-0-1, W. Piletich 2-7-1-11, T. Kreibich 3-0-2-9, M. Cook 3-2-2-8, T. Madden 6-2-1-19
THREE-POINTERS GC — B. Hallquist 1, D. Hierlmeier 5, G. Janson 1, H. DeSmith 2; S-B — Sheridan 1, T. Kreibich 3, T. Madden 5.