Topper Boys’ Basketball: The Good, Bad And Ugly

BY MORRIE PONGRATZ
Voice of the Hilltoppers

Saturday night the district leading Capital Jaguars came to visit the Hilltopper boys’ basketball team. To borrow the title of a Clint Eastwood western, the results were a combination of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good was that the Topper junior varsity won in a rout – 63 to 38.  The Junior Toppers were led in scoring by 6’5” sophomore Ivan Balakirev with 15 points, 5’7” freshman guard Elijah Velasquez with 10 points and five steals, and by 6’7” junior post Cade Gasway with 12 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.

The bad was a last quarter loss by the Topper C-team. Led by freshman guard Arthur Steinkamp with 15 points the Toppers took a 37-32 lead into the final quarter. However, the Jaguars outscored the Toppers 7 to 3 in the final minutes to take a 49-47 victory.

The ugly came when the 18th-ranked Topper varsity took on the 3rd-ranked Capital Jaguars. The Jaguars are for real, winning by a 65-34 score. Nuff said.

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