Hislop torments Gilbert again, HOIC-leading Hawks win by 15

JEWELL – Gilbert has got to be glad it will never – ever – see Matt Hislop on the basketball floor again.

The South Hamilton senior has seemingly made it his season’s mission to throttle the Tigers.

As much a track meet as it was a basketball game, Hislop played the role of all-state sprinter to the tune of 25 points and 10 assists to lead the Hawks to their seventh consecutive victory, 85-70, over Gilbert Friday night on Coach Jim Marsh Court.

Hislop also scored 25 in a 69-58 win over the Tigers back on Dec. 20.

Drew Wintermote was a force inside for the Heart of Iowa Conference leading Hawks (14-3, 13-2 HOIC) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Collin Hill gave the team a third double-double guy – the freshman finished with 15 points and 11 boards – and Trevor Ullestad added 14 points and four steals.

The rivals played at a frenetic pace, combining for 10 3-point buckets in the first quarter and 20 in the game. Hislop (five) and Ullestad (four) combined for all nine of the Hawks’ triples.

Gilbert’s high-octane offense burned its way to a 37-30 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half. But South Hamilton scored 14 of the next 16 points to build a 44-39 advantage by the five-minute mark of the third quarter and never trailed again.

The Hawks outscored Gilbert 23-10 in the third period.

Wesley Greder tossed in five 3s for the Tigers (8-9, 7-8 HOIC) on his way to 21 points. Adam Baker added 13 points and Ryan Blum had nine.

Hawks escape against South Hardin

ELDORA – Two Matt Hislop free throws with 10 seconds remaining allowed South Hamilton to escape with a 69-68 non-conference victory over South Hardin here Saturday night.

The Hawks (15-3) picked up their eighth straight win by outscoring South Hardin (6-9) 22-17 in the fourth quarter.

Collin Hill poured in a game-high 21 points for the Hawks. Hislop went off for 20 and nine assists, and Andrew Wintermote notched 14 in the paint.

Sam Shindelar (17), Eric Mulder (16) and David Shindelar (12) all scored in double figures for South Hardin.