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Hillsborough High School defeats Sprinstead High School in the regional semifinals.

Junior Point Guard Christian DeLeon breaks through a hole to hit a layup in Tuesday nights game. "The only thing on my mind when my shot goes up is, 'this is going in.' Every time," DeLeon said.

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Hillsborough defeated Springstead High School in Tuesday night’s Regional Semifinals contest, 91-59. Junior Warren Mclymont led the Terriers with 25 points. Senior Myles Cowart added 19 and junior Christian DeLeon finished with 15.

Mclymont seemed happy with his performance but acknowledged areas for improvement. “I think I played good on the offensive end,” said Mclymont. “I feel like I need to pick it up a bit on defense.”

 

According to Mclymont the team did well “crashing the boards, getting put backs and going strong to the hole” but also pointed out areas to focus on. “Getting out to the shooters and getting overshot,” Mclymont said. “What we struggled with was slowing down the ball, and when we’re up to keep it in our game and notice that the other team is trying to fight back in.”

 

Walking out of the wrestling room with a red, black and gold ‘H’ hung around his neck, DeLeon was recognized by his teammates for what they felt was a strong effort in Tuesday night’s game. “I mean we were getting it done on offense,” DeLeon said. “On defense, we weren’t getting on the shooters that’s all.”

For Cowart, it will be his third and final attempt at a state championship title.

“It’s always good to have three years straight in a row, its pretty good,” Cowart said. “This year we gotta get over the hump and go to state.”

Cowart is confident in his team especially after the effort they displayed against the Eagles Tuesday night. “If we play like that in the second half and score the ball and play defense like that, we’ll win,” Cowart said. “If we do that, we’ll go to state for sure.”

This Friday at 7 p.m., the team will play the Mainland Buccaneers at home in the Regional Finals, the final game before States. This is the third consecutive year Hillsborough played in the States qualifying game. They lost the past two years in the Regional Finals, first to Deltona then to Edgewater.

 

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