Mediapolis took the lead halfway through the third period and led 42-37 entering the fourth. The Bulldogs then built the lead to ten at 56-46 with three minutes to play. Hillcrest hung tight, keeping Mediapolis scoreless the rest of the way and cutting the margin to four, but could get no closer.
Eli Ours paced the visitors with 21 points and Kobe Borntrager followed with 13 points. Noah Miller and John Hughes added six points apiece. Borntrager pulled down seven rebounds, Miller had five steals and Ours had three assists.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “I liked the fact we didn’t quit, and played with heart. We simply broke down in several key situations, including two straight turnovers after we cut it to 45-44 early in the fourth quarter. We will continue to get better as our experience grows.”
The loss drops Hillcrest to 1-2 on the season, and undefeated Pekin comes to Hillcrest Union on Friday.