BRISTOL — Zach Howard made three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points and Science Hill gradually pulled away during a foul-plagued fourth quarter for a 67-49 victory at Tennessee High on Tuesday.
The Hilltoppers, with their third straight Big Eight Conference road win, improved to 3-0 in the league and 9-0 overall.
Science Hill led 44-33 at the end of three quarters. The Vikings (1-1, 8-2) fouled early and often in the final period.
Howard was 7 of 8 at the foul line in the fourth. The 6-foot-3 senior guard made two 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the Hilltoppers adapt quickly to Tennessee High’s perimeter-oriented zone defenses.
“They play it spread out,” Howard said. “So I mean they’re gonna guard the three. But at the same time, it leaves gaps open so we can drive and dish … and set each other up.”
Will Adams (13 points) assisted Howard’s first trey in the left corner, and penetrated and kicked out to Howard in the right corner for his second trey.
Adams also made a three-pointer, as did C.J. Good, Tre’Vonn Fields (10 points), Reed Hayes (14 points) and Calvin Songster, whose trey from the left corner beat the buzzer for the double-digit lead at the end of three quarters after an assist from Adams.
“We knew it would be tough offensively,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said, “but I thought we really moved the ball well versus the zone, and didn’t stand. That’s something that, traditionally, we’ve had a bad habit of doing (against Tennessee High).”
Cutlip was similarly pleased with the Hilltoppers’ defense. The Vikings made one field goal in the second quarter and trailed by 10 at halftime.
“We really, really buckled down and defended the ball,” Cutlip said, “and did a great job defensively as a team.”
Full-court pressure and extended traps generated a few transition baskets for the Hilltoppers, too.
“We were able to speed them up at different moments and get some turnovers out of that,” Cutlip said. “They’ve been playing outstanding. I mean they’ve been probably one of the hottest teams in the area all season. They’re a solid ballclub.”
Nathan Terrill led Tennessee High with 16 points. Austin Delph and Adam Mitchell added 12 and eight points, respectively.
Science Hill, which made 19 of 24 foul shots in the fourth quarter, hosts CAK in the opening night of the Doubletree Roundball in the Palace on Friday.