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Heglar scores 51 as Boone tops South-Doyle in Hardee's late game

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Nov 21, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Chad Heglar surpassed the half-century mark and his team passed the century mark in Daniel Boone's double-overtime win over South-Doyle in Tuesday's late game of the 29th annual Hardee's Classic basketball tournament at David Crockett High School.

Heglar, who surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his high school career in the second quarter, finished with a school-record 51 points to lead the Trailblazers to a 101-99 victory. He had 22 points in the first half alone, rallying Boone from a 10-point deficit at the end of one quarter to trail just by just one (36-35) at the half.

He kept up the pace through the rest of the game and two overtimes to set the new scoring mark. He hit 17 of 30 shots from the field, including 5 of 16 from 3-point range, and was 12 of 15 from the free-throw line.

"I was looking at my 18th point to get 1,000, but I wasn't concerned about 50," Heglar said. "I'd never even been in the 40s (his previous career-high was 31). I knew it was a big number because I heard everyone start screaming."

At the end, they were screaming for both Heglar, who had a team-high eight rebounds, and his teammates as the 'Blazers refused to fold against a bigger, stronger, more athletic team. South-Doyle countered Heglar by putting the athletic 6-foot-4 Cleophus Smith to guard him in the second half.

It turned into a shootout with the star players. Smith netted 37, keeping the Cherokees on pace with the ’Blazers. Down the stretch, one team would gain an advantage, only to see the other respond. Tied at 68 at the end of regulation and at 83 at the end of the first overtime, neither team backed down. In the end, the ’Blazers won on grit and determination.

"We hung in there," Boone coach Chris Brown said. "Physically, we knew we were going to be outmatched. I'm pleased with the effort because physically it was a tough matchup. They had the advantages athletically with size and strength, but we continued to battle."

Three other Boone players — Marshall Golden with 12 points, Judah Hilton with 11 and Colby Backus with 10 — reached double figures. Hilton also had seven rebounds.

For South-Doyle, Mason Brang netted 19 points and Quentin Carr had 18 points.

When it came down to crunch time, each of the aforementioned made big plays. However, it was obvious who wanted to have the chance to decide the game.

"Chad wanted the ball. He's always wanted the ball," Brown said. "He has a short conscience. Then all the other guys, like Judah Hilton takes a charge and it changes the momentum. Those are winning plays. We had the charges, the offensive putbacks and they couldn't stop Chad. You had the two guys going at each other and it was a fun game."

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