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Boys basketball: Marlowe’s historic night leads Hillcrest past Bonneville

(FILE) Knights’ Derek Marlowe hits a three-pointer as Hillcrest High School takes on Highland High School on Friday, January 26, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

By LUKE O’ROARK | Post Register

During one of the most important games of his high school career, Derek Marlowe played one of the best games of his life.

Marlowe scored 43 points Friday night in Ammon to lead Hillcrest past inner city rival Bonneville, 68-37. It was Hillcrest’s senior night, and potentially, the last time Marlowe would ever play Bonneville.

His 10 3-pointers is a new Hillcrest High School boys basketball record, and even more impressive: he scored all of his points in three quarters of play.

He is just one of four players in eastern Idaho to score 40-plus points in a game since 2015, according to Post Register data.

“When a kid is shooting like that, there’s nothing you can do,” Bonneville coach John Tucker said of Marlowe’s performance. “Does it happen? Not very often. NBA, college, high school, that doesn’t happen every night.”

Down 10-6 after the first quarter, Marlowe came out and scored 18 of his 43 points in the second to give the Knights a 30-20 lead at halftime. He made five of his 3-pointers during the second quarter alone.

From there, the Knights leaned on Marlowe’s streaky shooting to remain atop the 5A District 5-6 standings.

“My teammates got me open shots and I knocked them down,” Marlowe said with a smile. “I’ve been waiting to explode a little bit and my teammates made it happen.

“I hit a couple and I think the hoop was about as big as I’ve ever seen it,” Marlowe added.

The Bees — who were led by Dillon Sorensen’s 14 points — would cut their 15-point, second half deficit to seven after a Randon Hostert dunk made it 38-31.

That was as close Bonneville got.

After a Hillcrest timeout with 2:39 left in the third, Marlowe and the Knights outscored Bonneville 10-4 the rest of the third, including one play which saw the senior cross over Bonneville’s Trey Howell before sinking a corner 3-pointer to the eruption of his classmates.

Marlowe then led the Knights with 12 points in the fourth.

If the hoop seemed ginormous to Marlowe (who outscored the entire Bees team), Bonneville’s hoop probably seemed like the size of a single Honey Nut Cheerio.

After Sorensen’s 14, Hostert was second on the team with seven. The Bees scored just two points during the fourth.

“We just talked about that (in the locker room): our offense is terrible,” Tucker said. “We’re trying to find guys that can take care of the ball. We wanna run certain things, certain sets, we get the ball to the wing and we have a handful of kids that just turn it over. We only have a few kids that make a pass from the wing and that makes it hard to run an offense.”

Aside from Marlowe’s historic night, Hillcrest also played at full strength for the first time since Dec. 1. Senior Trey Johnson, who missed 15 games this season due to a broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist, played through injury and finished with nine points.

His first touch was an alley-oop from Parker Stevens right after the opening tip. Parker Boyle, who suffered a concussion against Madison on Jan. 19, also played.

“Derek showed up tonight, didn”t he?” Hillcrest coach Dave Austin siad. “He played a great game, but I thought all of our kids played a great game … I got a big smile on my face today when I filled out the scorebook and I was able to put every kid in there.”

Hillcrest (16-3, 6-1 5A District 5-6) plays Wednesday at Madison while Bonneville (4-15, 0-7 5A District 5-6) hosts Rigby the same night.

Bonneville 10 10 15 2 — 35
Hillcrest 6 24 18 20 — 68
BONNEVILLE (37) — Randon Hostert 7, Dillon Sorensen 14, Gerohm Rihari 4, Riley Judy 6, Jordan Perez 4, Jamison Trane 2. FG: 10. FT: 7-12. 3-pointers: 4 (Hostert 1, Rihari 1, Judy 2). Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: none.
HILLCREST (68) — Derek Marlowe 43, Parker Stevens 2, Trey Johnson 9, Jaxon Weatherly 6, Kyle Austin 2, Even Bindenagel 6. FG: 25. FT: 7-13. 3-pointers: 11 (Marlowe 10, Johnson 1). Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.

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