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Mt. Hebron wins, 82-72


Mount Hebron hasn't lost a game when its starting lineup is intact.

And the Vikings played last night like a team that won its first 12 games, knocking Atholton out of first place with an 82-72 win.

Mount Hebron (14-4, 6-4), a two-point winner over Atholton earlier this season, beat the Raiders this time by getting to the foul line.

The Vikings were 37-for-50 at the foul line and in the fourth quarter made 18 of 24 free throws.

Kurtis Jestes (26 points) was 8-for-8 and Steve Dohler (18 points) was 10-for-12.

Jestes also sank three three-point shots and teammate Mark Jensen (12 points) made four three-pointers.

"Coach told us to pump fake because Atholton players leave their feet a lot and that helped draw some fouls," Jensen said. "And our game plan was to go inside to Patrick [Ngongba, 12 points] and they fouled him a lot."

Atholton led 16-13 after one quarter because the Raiders controlled the boards enough to outshoot Mount Hebron 22-10 that quarter.

Neither team established much of an advantage in the second quarter and at halftime it was 32-32.

But Mount Hebron came out fired up in the third quarter and jumped ahead 53-41 before Atholton rallied.

A three-point shot by Tyrone Allmond made it 53-49.

Jestes sank a three-pointer to open the fourth quarter to put the Vikings up 60-51.

"That was a real big shot for us," Vikings coach Scott Robinson said.

Atholton (12-6, 6-4) cut the lead to 62-60 with 4:38 left but Kevin Tonkins sank a free throw and Dohler made a three-point play to make it 66-60 with 4:25 to play.

Mount Hebron continued on a 14-point run that put the game away.

"We knew we had to win this to have any chance of a county championship because we're going to play one less game than Atholton and Wilde Lake and Glenelg," Jensen said.

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