Self, Hornets finally put away Tigers
Point guard DeShon Self scored a game-high 23 points, including 7-of-8 from the line in the final 2:48 Tuesday, as Hillside caught Chapel Hill late in the third quarter and held on late for a 60-56 road win.
Hillside improved to 5-2 while Chapel Hill, which lost only two games in a 26-2 season a year ago, dropped to 3-2.
“Guess we just need to win 23 in a row,” Chapel Hill coach Tod Morgan said.
Self added a pair of Hillside’s three 3-pointers, both at key times. He tied the game 38-38 with a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter for the first time since it was knotted 2-2 in the opening minute. His next 3-pointer, coming off a feed from TyQuon Reid about a minute into the fourth quarter gave Hillside a two-point lead, 43-41, it would never relinquish.
Hillside coach Crasten Davis said he was counting on the Hornets’ depth, defensive pressure and fast-break offensive energy to wear Chapel Hill down in the end, and thought it did.
The Hornets played 12 players extensively, and Davis was convinced Chapel Hill’s “legs” just weren’t there at the end. He said the Tigers’ inability to keep sticking their shots after a strong first period was proof of that.
Varsity newcomer Malik Evans scored 15 points for the Hornets, all on deft layups and stickbacks in traffic underneath, and chipped in five of Hillside 29.
“We expect a lot of big things from Malik,” Davis said. “But we need to get him some more touches.”
Early on, Chapel Hill appeared to be on the way to a win. The Tigers held Hillside to four free throws and baskets in the paint by Marius McAllister (11 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots), Self and Evans and were scoring pretty much at will against the Hornets in running up a 20-10 lead.
Andrew Grant led the way for the Tigers in the period with a pair of layups, one set up by his own steal, and one of the Tigers’ pair of 3-pointers. Elliot Orenstein had the other Tiger 3-pointer in the quarter.
Hillside kept up its fullcourt defensive pressure, and it paid off in the second quarter as the Hornets held Chapel Hill to four points and made it a 24-20 game on three layups and a pair of free throws by Evans.
“We play fast and expect to miss some of those layups,” Davis said. “But we kept it up, and their legs are going to go.”
The Hornets, when then felt they had Chapel Hill on the ropes, used some zone as well.
“We wanted them to take jump shots,” Davis said.
The lead remained around four throughout the third quarter until Evans scored off a Reid assist and Self hammered home a 3-pointer to tie it at 35 heading into the fourth quarter.
After Self’s 3 put Hillside up 43-41, Grant and Jamarius Jones each missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunities. Evans got the rebound on Jones’ miss and was fouled, and Chapel Hill star Anthony Vanhook was called for a technical foul on the play.
Reid hit two of the four free throw tries, and Trevion Thompson scored on a layup as Hillside kept possession. McAllister scored another layup to give Hillside its biggest lead at 49-41 with four minutes left.
A steal by Vanhook off Self set up a Grant layup that cut the lead to 53-50 with 1:28 left, and Hillside had trouble inbounding the ball. Thompson got open to save another turnover and found McAllister free at the other end of the court for an uncontested dunk.
Five more free throws by Self and a steal by Timothy Mangum off Chapel Hill point guard Stephen Himmelberg Jr. sealed it.
“I thought we played hard, but I don’t know if we played smart at times or kept our composure at times,” Morgan said. “We scored (56) points and if we play better defense, that should be enough for us to win. ... Ten of 20 free throw shooting didn’t help, either.”
NOTES — Hillside played without wing Korrin Wiggins, who is preparing to play in this weekend’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas high school football all-star game in South Carolina. Wiggins, a defensive back, is joined on the N.C. team with Hillside running back Khris Francis. Both have committed to North Carolina for football. ... Hillside hit 17-of-21 from the line Tuesday.
Hillside 60, Chapel Hill 56
HILLSIDE — R.J. Robinson 2, Malik Evans 15, TyQuon Reid 4, Trevion Thompson 4, Marius McAllister 11, DeShon Self 23, Marcus Bowling 1.
CHAPEL HILL — Stephen Himmelberg Jr. 6, Anthony Vanhook 12, Elliot Orenstein 7, Shane Turner 2, Andrew Grant 15, Brian Thornton 4, Ryan Hegedus 10.
3-point FG—Hillside 3 (Self 2, McAllister), Chapel Hill 4 (Hegedus 2, Orenstein, Grant). Rebounds—Hillside 29 (McAllister 7, Reid 7), Chapel Hill 32 (Vanhook 11). Assists—Hillside 10 (Reid 3), CH 13 (Vanhook 3, Grant 3). Steals—Hillside 6 (Isaiah Dickens 2), Chapel Hill 6 (Grant 3). Blocks—Hillside 6 (McAllister 3), Chapel Hill 4 (4 with 1). Turnovers—Hillside 11 (Self 3, Reid 3), Chapel Hill 8 (Himmelberg 4).
Records—Hillside 5-2, Chapel Hill 3-2.