A big Burros rally
THOMPSON—Just another game?
"We wanted the win,'' Carson Henningsgard said. "But we know we'll play again. Maybe a third time. But it feels good to get the win.''
Henningsgard and Jack Camrud led a big fourth-quarter comeback as Hillsboro-Central Valley rallied to beat Thompson 58-55 here Friday in a matchup of two of the top-ranked teams in the state.
Hillsboro-Central Valley (6-0) is fourth and Thompson (6-2) fifth in this week's Class B boys high school Class B poll.
Beyond the poll, it was a rematch of last season's Region 2 title game, won in overtime by the Burros, who went on to win the Class B state title.
"It's early in the season,'' Thompson coach Brandy George said. "But this is more of a pride game. It's been a rivalry, something emotional, ever since I've been here.''
The Tommies took a 51-41 lead on a Cole Sorby basket with 6:16 remaining. But Henningsgard and Camrud each had eight points as the Burros outscored Thompson 17-4 the rest of the way.
Camrud tied the score at 54 when, fouled on an offensive rebound, the 6-foot-5 senior hit both ends of a bonus with 56 seconds left.
The Burros broke the tie when Henningsgard, fouled on a drive from the wing, hit a free throw with 7.3 seconds left. He missed the second attempt but Camrud again grabbed an offensive board, was fouled and hit a pair of free throws with 5.2 seconds left to cap a 10-0 run. The teams each hit a free throw in the final 2.5 seconds.
"Carson and Jack are our two leaders,'' H-CV coach Elliott Rotvold said. "We rely on them a lot.
"Thompson went to a zone and we started getting the ball inside more in the last quarter. That opened things up for Carson. He's a good offensive player. And Jack is so tough on the boards.
"Both teams like the transition game. But we both play good defense. It turned into a halfcourt game and we feel that, with our size, that's a good thing.''
Henningsgard finished with a game-high 25 points. Camrud had a double double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Cade Baesler, a 6-5 post, added 10 points.
Thompson appeared to have the momentum early in the third quarter. With Marcus Hughes getting seven points and Cadyn Schwabe six, the Tommies went on a 13-0 run to build a 38-26 lead and carried a 46-38 advantage into the final quarter.
But in the fourth quarter, George said, "they went back to their 1-3-1 zone and extended it out pretty far. We didn't handle it very well
"For the most part, we did pretty well against their zone, until the fourth quarter. They got momentum and we didn't handle it very well.''
Hughes and Schwabe each had 16 points to lead the Tommies, with Tyler Hegg adding 10.
That wasn't enough to overcome the Burros in a game that had a rivalry, a rematch and state rankings going for it.
"But it's early,'' Rotvold said. "It's only Jan. 5. We'll meet again.''