The Hannibal boys basketball team trailed by 20 points after the first quarter and could never fully recover in a 74-60 loss to Troy.

The Hannibal boys basketball team trailed by 20 points after the first quarter and could never fully recover in a 74-60 loss to Troy on Monday in the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament quarterfinals.

Jim King scored 19 of his 33 points in the first half for the No. 4 seed Trojans, including one of their five 3-pointers during the first eight minutes of play to build a 25-5 lead.

Dezi Jones and Wyatt Waelder each knocked down a pair of threes in the second quarter as the No. 5 seed Pirates gained traction for 22 points in the period to try and keep pace. 

Jones led short-handed Hannibal (8-8) with 24 points, while Waelder added 15 in the loss. 

The Pirates dressed just six players due to illness.

“We tried to play a 2-3 zone at the beginning and dug ourselves a hole,” Hannibal coach Marty Hull said. “We went man in the second quarter and started digging out of the hole. I like how gritty our team is. We never give up. We play extremely hard no matter the score.” 

Troy never slowed down, however.

Tyson Ludwig buried a pair of deep shots in the second as part of Troy's 12 threes on the night to take a 46-27 lead into the intermission. 

Preston Bennett, who finished with 14 points, delivered two 3-pointers in the third as Hannibal outscored the Trojans 16-10 in the period.

But King thwarted the comeback bid with 12 points in the final period. 

“(King) is extremely versatile,” Hull said. “He can play the post well, but he can also shoot the three and handle the ball to drive to the basket.”

The teams combined for 22 threes in the contest.

Hannibal plays Francis Howell North on Friday in a consolation game. 

Hannibal JV pulls off comeback

The Hannibal junior varsity team overcame a five-point halftime deficit to secure a 61-56 win over Troy on Monday night. Aden Anderson led the Pirates with 18 points.