Hillman wins basketball district finals against Posen, 65-45 |  News, Sports, Work

Hillman wins basketball district finals against Posen, 65-45 | News, Sports, Work

News Photo by Owen Kinsey The Hillman High School boys basketball team celebrates their victory over Posen High School in the district finals Friday at Hillman High School.

HILLMAN — After taking care of Posen with ease twice this season, the Hillman Tigers (20-2, 10-0 NSLLD) prepared to face Posen again for Friday’s district finals.

Like the last two games, Hillman took a convincing victory with a score of 65-45.

With a win Friday, the Tigers advance to the regional semifinals and will not host any remaining games.

Although the team finished with a home run, this latest home win marked the third straight district title for Hillman High School.

“This is our seventh (district title) in 10 years and third in a row, so this moment is pretty special,” Hillman coach Eric Mushinski said. “It’s all a testament to building a program and the work these guys have put in to make it happen. I’m so happy for these players, this school and this city because I know it means a lot to everyone.”

News Photo by Owen Kinsey Hillman High School’s Trenton Taratuta, right, takes a shot as Cuyler Schultz looks on during Hillman’s 65-45 win over Posen High School on Friday at Hillman High School.

While the Tigers started strong and finished stronger, Posen got off to a great start thanks to a corner three from Logan Thiem.

After Timm’s 3-pointer, the Vikings offense struggled, especially against Hillman’s tough, long press defense.

As usual, one man, Trenton Taratuta, controlled the scoring for the Tigers.

Unlike last game when he got to the rim almost every time, Taratuta got to his mid-range spots and knocked down most jumpers.

His influence as a playmaker also shined throughout the evening with his ability to find the open man to make easy baskets inside and out.

At the end of the first quarter, Hillman barely held onto a 13-10 lead, but the offense would soon explode.

Taratuta kept the same style of play and the points started to flow for the Tigers.

It was all in Hillman’s favor as he had built up a sizeable lead until Taratuta picked up his third foul.

Having to sit out the rest of the second half, Hillman’s offense slowed sharply, but the Tigers still led 33-18 going into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Hillman continued his intensity and worked just as hard as he did in the first half.

The Tiger defense locked down and Posen rarely scored or had a chance to score.

On the offensive end, Taratuta did his job as he threw the ball to his open teammates.

Heading into the final quarter, Hillman built a big enough lead to make it to the finish line.

Although the team allowed more points on defense, the offense kept up as much to close out the 65-45 victory.

“Today was more about getting strategic steals and easy baskets at the right time,” Mushinski said. “Our press was super strong all game and it really made it difficult for their ball handlers. Allowing ourselves to score easy points was huge, especially when we couldn’t find those points early on.”

As always, Hillman’s top scorer tonight was Taratuta, who finished with 28 points.

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