MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. -- The St. Mary's boys basketball team faced New Hebron on Monday night at St. Mary's School. They were unable to come away with the win, as they fell 32-23 in a narrow loss.
The Rockets were tied at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter due to Preston Will, who hit a post hook shot as time expired in the first quarter.
They managed to slip from their production in the first quarter, as they fell behind 17-10 at the half.
The Rockets rallied back in the third quarter though. Opening the quarter on an 8-0 run, they seized a 18-17 lead, prompting a second timeout from New Hebron's head coach. The second one appeared to work, as New Hebron ended the Rockets' run and took a 21-18 lead to the end of the third.
Trailing by four with under two minutes remaining, Elliott Acree hit a clutch three-pointer to reduce the lead to 24-23. The Rockets got the ball back after Acree's three, but couldn't capitalize and turned it over several times down the stretch to seal the deal, bringing the 32-23 final that was a deceiving score given the close nature of the game.
Will scored a team-high 10 points to lead the Rockets, El. Acree added nine, Reed Stinson two points and Eric Acree scored the remaining two points. Blake Strine, Brady Porter, Zadok Fullop, Kason Dulgar and William Freeland all played in the game as well.
New Hebron's John Rich scored 16 points in a winning effort.
The next game for St. Mary's will be on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Cisne at 6 p.m., before returning home on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. to face Clay City.