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On Monday, February 25 the Hillcrest boys basketball team took on Copper Hills in the first round of the Utah 6A state tournament. Hillcrest lost 58-44 in a game that was closer than the score shows. Copper Hills will now be moving on to face American Fork in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday, February 27.

Going into the game, Hillcrest was a heavy underdog. Copper Hills, ranked 14 in the state, now has a 16-7 record in contrast to Hillcrest’s 7-15. Copper Hills also defeated Kearns earlier in the season. On the other hand Hillcrest has lost 3 times to Kearns this season. Despite the odds against them, Hillcrest played a great game.

The game started out with a three by Max Russell, Hillcrest’s starting point guard. However, later into the first half, Copper Hills began to pull away. In the second half Hillcrest and Copper Hills both scored 19 points. It seemed as if Hillcrest was coming back however it was not enough to win the game.

Trevon Allfrey, Copper Hills’ leading scorer, was benched early after taking a hard fall. Senior, Perry Dettling, stepped up scoring 17 points, 10 points above his average. His presence saved the team from defeat. Kyle Hoffman and Stone Hutchings also supported with 10+ points each.

Brox Ashby and Max Russell were given the opportunity to close the gap with free throws when Copper Hills got into foul trouble. However, Tacoba Dubbs, a sophomore from Copper Hills, answered with free throws of his own. It was a tough season ending for Hillcrest players and students.

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