The Hannibal boys’ basketball picked an opportune time to get its third win of the year. It came in a 68-63 victory over Clopton as the Piartes took third place at the Clopton Tournament.
Both teams started out the game slow to score. At the end of the opening eight minutes, the game was tied at 6-6. Senior Dalton Powell had a pair of free throws while junior Eric Hugenberg nailed a pair of buckets.
The scoring picked up in the second quarter as Hannibal outscored Clopton 21-17 to take a 27-23 lead into the break. Freshman Dylan Powell led the scoring surge for the Pirates with 8 of his 20 points in the second quarter while his brother Dalton Powell scored 6 points.
Clopton battled back and outscored Hannibal during the third quarter 17-14, but it wasn’t enough to take that lead away from the Pirates. Hannibal’s Eric Hugenberg hit three of his game-high five treys in the third quarter. Hannibal went into the final eight minutes of play leading 41-40.
“We played ok,” Hannibal coach Matt Pugh said. “But, we struggled a little in the third and early in the fourth.”
The fourth quarter had another scoring surge from both teams. Hannibal finished with 28 points in the fourth, with 13 points coming from Dylan Powell and another 9 points from Dalton Powell while holding Clopton to 23 points.
Hannibal had three players finish with over 20 points. Dalton Powell tied for the team lead with Hugenberg as both registered 22 points while Dylan Powell turned in 20 for the Pirates. The rest of Hannibal’s scoring came from Lijah Harrison and Austin Haynes, both of whom had two points apiece. Haynes scored a bucket in the second quarter while Harrison made a pair of free throws in the second.
Of all the teams in the eight team tournament, only five were named to the All Tournament team and Hannibal’s Dalton Powell was one them. Powell scored 68 points over the three games. He had 20 or more points in every game during the tournament. Dalton Powell lead the Pirates with 20 in Hannibal’s opening round win over Barat Academy and then scored 26 in a loss to Silex before finishing with 22 in the third place game.
With the win, Hannibal improves to 3-10 on the season. Hannibal will return to the floor tonight when they travel to Palmyra to face the Panthers in the “Pink Out” game.