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Eureka Tops Hillsboro in OT to Claim 2nd Straight Gene Steighorst Invitational

(HILLSBORO) Madness ensued tonight on KJFF in the 64th Annual Gene Steighorst Invitational Championship as the Eureka Wildcats prevailed 54-53 over the Hillsboro Hawks in overtime at Hillsboro High School.

Hillsboro led by 4 at the half and then by 4 at the end of the 3rd, but the first bit of drama happened in the final 10 seconds of regulation.

Then in overtime, the Hawks were down 53-51 when Garrett Pinkley tied it.

A foul on the ensuing inbound led to a Jhalon Asher-Sanders free throw that put Eureka up 54-53. Mark Moore tried to win the championship with a 60-foot heave at the buzzer but the shot missed to the left, giving Eureka back-to-back Gene Steighorst championships.

Wildcats Head Coach Austin Kirby liked how his guys were able to claw their way back after a hot Hillsboro start.

Winning the 64h Annual Gene Stieghorst Invitational improves Eureka’s season record to 3-0. Hillsboro drops to 4-2 and will be back on the hardwood on Tuesday at home against Ste. Genevieve.

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