There was a little bit of a roller coaster effect in play Friday at Gunn’s home opener.
Hillsdale opened a 10-point lead in the first half, Gunn closed to within one at halftime. Then Hillsdale made it a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Gunn again came storming back, all the way back to draw even with 1:15 left only to see Hillsdale score the last three points of the game on the foul line and pull out a 51-48 boys basketball victory.
Point guard Kaden Holdbrook led the Titans with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals in the final minutes. Jack Hakeman scored 14, including 10 during Gunn’s fourth-quarter rally.
Gunn trailed 41-28 at the start of the fourth quarter but closed the game on a 20-10 run. Holdbrook and Hakeman combined for 17 of those 20 points. Holdbrook’s steal and layup brought the Titans all the way back at 48-48.
While a disappointment that it ended up as a loss, there were some positives to build on in how the team twice came back from double-digit deficits.
“We have a lot of young guys that just need to get experienced,’’ Holdbrook said. “Once they do we’ll get a lot of wins.’’
Gavin Kitch started the fourth-quarter comeback with a free throw. Holdbrook made a 2-pointer, Hakeman a 3 and two free throws then Holdbrook’s 3 made the score 46-44.
After a Hillsdale basket Luke McFaul sank two foul shots to make it 48-46 before Holdbrook’s steal and game-tying breakaway layup.