COLUMBIA, MO - The Hillcrest boys' quest for a 2nd state title in 3 years fell short Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Soldan International Studies (24-5) of St. Louis held off the Hornets (25-7) 55-42 in the class 4 title game.
The Bears ran out to a 9-0 early lead. Hillcrest scored only 2 1st quarter points, trailing 14-2 after 8 minutes and 35-18 at the half.
"We couldn't get shots to fall," said junior Austin Petry. "We were phased by their pressure and we really never came up against pressure like that."
Playing in the final high school game of his amazing career Dorial Green-Beckham led the Hornets with 17 points and 8 rebounds. DGB's jumper with 5:29 to go got Hillcrest to within 7, but that was as close as they would get.