The Hall Red Devils had one thing on their mind, trailing host Putnam County 51-49 in the final seconds of Tuesday’s Illinois Valley battle, they were going to go for the dagger and shoot the three-pointer.
And senior Miguel Villareal did just that, knocking down a three-point basket with 4.8 seconds at R.M. Germano Gymnasium in Granville to lift the Red Devils to a 52-51 win over the rival Panthers.
“We were trying to get dribble penetration and kick for a three. We were not going to for overtime and the tie. We were shooting a three unless we had a wide open layup,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said.
A.J. Gaeta led the Red Devils with 16 points, Collin Aimone had 14 and Villareal tallied 10.
Rockridge 64, Princeton 30: The mighty No. 1 ranked Rockets (18-0) rolled Tuesday behind All-Stater Ethan Happ, who dumped in 20 points including a soaring dunk before half to put the Rockets up 44-21.
Garrett Duffin led the Tigers (3-15) with 18 points.
The PHS sophomores tripped up Rockridge 53-40 in a battle of league unbeatens. Jake Reinhardt scored 20 points and Levi Bates (11) and Skye Behrends (10) combining for 21 points.