Hillside rains 3s, but Thompson's 2 free throws stop Green Hope

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 03:46 PM

Hillside overcame a cold start and rallied for a 38-34 win over Cary Green Hope on Wednesday in the second round of the 4-A state playoffs.

Trevion Thompson was good on a one-and-one opportunity with 31 seconds left for his only two points. Those points gave the Hornets their margin of victory and a fourth showdown with PAC-6 nemesis Jordan, this one at 7 p.m. Friday at Jordan. The Falcons have beaten Hillside all three prior meetings, including 67-49 in the PAC-6 Tournament final last Friday.

Thompson, one of the nation’s top high school football prospects, said it was good to get the win and move on.

“We knew Green Hope was a good team,” Thompson said. “Everybody believed in each other and we knew we could do it.”

After Thompson made his free throws, Green Hope squandered several chances to score and ultimately sent him back to the free throw line with 14.8 seconds left. Luckily, the Hornets didn’t need any extra points as Thompson missed. A final Falcon flurry was also unsuccessful.

“At this stage you’re not going to have any blowouts and you’re going to have to grind it out,” Hillside coach Crasten Davis said.

Hillside had to grind it out from the very beginning.

The Hornets missed their first seven field goal attempts and didn’t crack the scoreboard until Ty’Quon Reid hit a pair of free throws. Hillside’s first field goal came with 3:36 left in the first quarter on a baseline drive by Malik Evans to make the score 8-4.

Hillside faced its largest deficit of the night on Green Hope’s next trip up the floor as David Robertson finished a three-point play against the Hornets defense to make it 11-4.

The Hornets came back with consecutive 3s by Robert “R.J.” Robinson Jr. and De’Shon Self in the closing minute of the first quarter to cut the margin to 11-10. Green Hope opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run but Robinson stopped the Falcon momentum with a 3 from the right baseline to make it 16-13.

Marius McAllister sparked a 7-1 run by the Hornets when he hit a 3 from the left wing and Hillside gained its first lead of the game. The Hornets took a 23-19 halftime lead.

Hillside banked only a pair of free throws in the third quarter but Green Hope wasn’t able to make much hay, leading only 26-25 heading into the final period.

The lead swapped five times in the fourth until Robinson hit a 3 from the baseline with 51 seconds left to give Hillside a 36-34 lead. Robinson led the Hornets with 11 points, including three 3s.`

Hillside’s long-range shooting was the difference in the game, according to Davis. The Hornets made five 3s in the game and each came at a moment when Green Hope appeared ready to seize control.

“We felt like we were going to be able to get some open looks,” Davis said. “We were able to penetrate (their zone) and kick it out for open shots and we were able to knock them down.”


Hillside 38, Green Hope 34

HILLSIDE — Robert Robinson Jr. 11, Malik Evans 8, Ty’Quon Reid 2, Trevion Thompson 2, Marius McAllister 7, De’Shon Self 5, Timothy Mangum 3.

CARY GREEN HOPE — John Mosser 11, David Robertson 14, Grant Rasmussen 4, Damon Bidgood 2, Jack Castigan 3.

Hillside 10 13 2 13—38

Green Hope 11 8 7 2—34

3-point FG—Hillside 5 (Robinson 3, McAllister, Self). Green Hope 1 (Robertson). Rebounds—Hillside 32 (McAllister 7). Assists—Hillside 4 (Self 2).

Records—Hillside 20-7, Green Hope 22-6.


Second Round
4-A Mideast Regional

Jordan 56, Middle Creek 48, 2OT
Hillside 38, Green Hope 34

3-A Mideast Regional
Webb 83, Southern Wayne 53
Chapel Hill 59, Eden Morehead 52

2-A East Regional
Bunn 67, Carrboro 65
Kinston 80, Northwood 35

Friday’s Third Round
4-A Mideast Regional

Hillside (20-7) at Jordan (23-4)

3-A Mideast Regional
Webb (23-5) at Chapel Hill (24-4)

Second Round
4-A Mideast Regional

Holly Springs 70, Hillside 62
Broughton 89, Southern 66

3-A Mideast Regional
Chapel Hill 71, Triton 14

2-A East Regional
Northwood 47, Cedar Ridge 37

Friday’s Third Round
3-A Mideast Regional
Southern Guilford (14-13) at Chapel Hill (26-1)

2-A East Regional
Kinston (23-4) at Northwood (24-4)