HANNIBAL | The Hannibal boys basketball team gave it all they had in front of a home crowd Tuesday night, but it was not enough to defeat Class 3A No. 8 ranked Palmyra.
It was close throughout the whole game, with the Panthers coming away with a 60-54 win.
Hannibal head coach Marty Hull said he was proud of the effort his team gave after suffering a 64-23 loss to Palmyra in their last meeting on Jan. 23.
“We could had come out and hung our heads and said they are going to kick our butts again,” Hull said. “Or like Coach (Josh) Pickett said, we were the underdog. We came out and played absolutely as hard as we could. We had our chance when we were down by four and then we had to start fouling. They made their free throws down the stretch … give them all the credit in the world, they have a good team.”
The Panthers held a seven-point lead after both the first and second quarters. However, Hannibal narrowed Palmyra's lead to two points by the end of the third quarter.
The Pirates were unable to come any closer than two points, as the Panthers would outscore them by a 19-15 margin in the fourth quarter.
Hull said he thought his team did a good job of attacking the rim, but missed too many layups.
“Our plan coming in is we didn't think they would guard the ball very well off the dribble,” Hull said. “So we were trying to spread the floor, set high ball screens and attack. I thought we did a good job of that. We got Adreke (Brumbaugh) in some post stuff and got to the rim, but we missed a lot of layups.”
Hull said he thought it was a great game and hopes his team can build some momentum moving forward.
“I told the kids there is nothing to hang your heads about, you played and hustled as hard as you possibly could,” Hull said. “Did you leave everything out on the floor? Absolutely, I thought they did. I never like to lose, but if my kids play as hard as they can and lose, I can live with that.”
Hannibal senior guard Preston Bennett led the team with 14 points. Brumbaugh added 13 points, while junior guard Tristen Terrill added 12 points.
Palmyra senior Jayden Durst led his team with 21 points, with junior Zane Meyers finishing second with 16 points. Both senior Spencer Locke and junior Abe Haerr scored 10 points.
Up next – Hannibal will host Marshall on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Palmyra will host Highland on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Scoring by quarter
HAN – 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 – 54
PAL – 19 | 13 | 9 | 19 – 60