The Hills-Beaver Creek boys’ basketball team avenged an early season loss to the Ellsworth Panthers by upending EHS 69-58 Friday in Ellsworth.
H-BC, which came up on the short end of a 60-57 decision when the teams met in Hills Jan. 15, outscored the Panthers in both halves during an 11-point victory in Friday’s rematch.
Both teams sported leads in the first three minutes of the game before H-BC opened a three-point cushion (8-5) when Jeff Sandbulte converted a field goal at the 13:59 mark.
After Ellsworth fought back to knot the score at 12, the Patriots reeled off nine-straight points to take a 21-12 lead when Dylan Gehrke canned a three-point shot with 8:06 remaining in the opening half.
The Patriots led by 12 (26-14) when Sandbulte buried a three at 6:19, but the Panthers countered with an 8-2 surge to make it a six-point difference (28-22) with 4:39 left in the stanza.
H-BC still led by six (35-29) when Dalton Bass converted a field goal with two seconds left to give the Patriots a 27-29 lead at the break.
Sandbulte upped H-BC’s lead to 10 points (39-29) with a field goal 25 seconds into the second half, but the Panthers mounted a 12-6 run to make it a four-point game (45-41) with 13:21 left to play.
H-BC never led by less than four points the rest of the night.
The Patriots padded their advantage to 12 points (69-57) when Sandbulte sank one free throw with 27 seconds remaining before EHS scored the final point of the night to make it an 11-point difference at game’s end.
Sandbulte (30 points, seven rebounds and five assists) and Gehrke (14 points and six rebounds) led H-BC offensively.
Jon Gallagher and Carey Taubert contributed nine and five rebounds to the winning cause.
Gehrke 1 1 9-10 14, Ellingson 0 0 1-2 1, Bass 1 1 1-4 6, Wagenaar 1 0 0-0 2, Sandbulte 10 2 4-6 30, Kerkhove-Brandt 0 0 0-0 0, Taubert 2 0 4-4 8, Gallagher 4 0 0-0 8.
H-BC: 23 of 52 field goals (44 percent), 19 of 27 free throws (70 percent), 35 rebounds, 12 turnovers.
Ellsworth: 22 of 61 field goals (36 percent), three of 10 free throws (30 percent), 30 rebounds, nine turnovers.