By then the Hilltoppers trailed by 20 points, and they never fully recovered in a 65-52 loss to Morristown East on Tuesday night at Isenberg-Siler Gymnasium.
It was the fourth loss in five games for Science Hill, which lost three of four in the Bahamas over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hilltoppers are 4-4 on the young season.
“To say we were sluggish is an understatement,” said Science Hill head coach Ken Cutlip. “I told the players I was embarrassed with the way we performed. We had mental lapses and breakdowns. In the end, they just played harder longer than we did, and executed better.”
East looked a step quicker everywhere on the court in the early going. It showed up on the scoreboard as the Hurricanes built a 19-6 first-quarter lead.
Science Hill seemed to steady itself, scoring six straight points. But the Hurricanes answered with a 16-3 run that left the Hilltoppers staring at a 35-15 deficit.
“We were outplayed in every facet of the game,” said Cutlip. “I felt like they were the aggressor. They were hungry and excited. In the first half they did what they are good at, getting their shooters shots. And we did a terrible job of finding shooters.”
Science Hill closed the first half strong and trailed only 37-23. The Hilltoppers continued to edge closer, and had possession trailing by seven early in the fourth quarter.
But once again, the Hurricanes did what they needed to do to keep Science Hill an arm’s length away.
Morristown East got a terrific performance from Cameron Rymer. He hit six threes and finished with 27 points. Jordan Connor added 13 points.
For Science Hill, Hunter Phillips had 12 points and Drew Morrison totaled 11. Jake Matherne added nine points and eight rebounds.