Morristown West’s Nehemiah Portillo (20) goes up for a shot during Saturday’s game against Daniel Boone in the Washington-Hamblen County Shootout at Michael R. Reed Gymnasium.
Daniel Boone’s Chad Heglar was a one-man wrecking crew Saturday night in the final game of the Washington-Hamblen County Shootout inside Michael R. Reed Gymnasium, as he dropped in 29 points in leading the Trailblazers to a 57-45 win over host Morristown West.
Heglar led a Blazer effort on offense that was great to say the least, as Boone hit 22 of 34 shots from the field in the contest, but it still needed to pull away late to put West away.
With the win, the Blazers improved to 7-5 on the season, while the loss dropped the Trojans to 13-7 on the year.
“Our kids are battling, and they did a great job of executing what we wanted them to do, but we just couldn’t make shots and Boone was making everything,” West coach Calvin Decker said. “We made a great run in the third quarter to get the lead, but we stopped making shots and let them respond. It’s a tough way to lose. It’s frustrating to see so many shots go in and out, but we have to respond and be batter on Tuesday night.”
West had no answers in the opening half for the Boone duo of Heglar and Eric Rigsby, as the two combined to score 11 points in the first quarter and 13 more in the second period. Heglar had eight points in the first period, as the Blazers used a 10-2 run to take the lead, and they led 15-9 after one.
In the second frame, Heglar buried a pair of triples and scored 10 in the eight-minute quarter, giving him 18 points in the first half. He helped Boone build a 10-point lead, but a bucket in the final seconds of the half by Jamal Spradling cut the deficit to 29-21 at the half.
Rigsby scored early in the third to put the Blazers back up by 10, but Makai Olden buried a triple before Zack Young added a bucket, Spradling hit inside and Olden added another layup to pull West within a point. Spradling scored on the next trip down the floor, completing an 11-0 run and put the Trojans on top 32-31.
Daniel Boone responded, led by Heglar, who scored three baskets inside in an 8-0 spurt to give the Blazers a 39-32 advantage entering the fourth frame.
Heglar hit a trey and scored five of Boone’s first nine points of the fourth to bump the lead to 48-37, but Jeramiah Anderson knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end and sparked a run to cut the margin to 50-45 before the Blazers pulled away late. Gunnar Norris, Jared Lawson and Rigsby scored on three straight trips for the visitors to make it an 11-point lead with a minute left, and they coasted to the win.
Heglar was aided in the win by Rigsby with 12 points, while no other player for Boone scored more than four.