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Pecatonica rallies to beat No. 5 ranked boys basketball team in the state

Pecatonica's defense clamped down on No. 5 Scales Mound in the second half of an 81-76 NUIC inter-division game Thursday night.
Pecatonica's defense clamped down on No. 5 Scales Mound in the second half of an 81-76 NUIC inter-division game Thursday night.

SCALES MOUND — Sophomore guard Cooper Hoffman scored 21 points to lead four Pecatonica players in double figures Thursday in an 81-76 victory at No. 5 state-ranked Scales Mound.

“Coming in here and knocking them off feels amazing,” Hoffman said.

The first half featured 11 lead changes with Scales Mound ahead 35-34 at the break and both teams shooting 50 percent from the floor. Scales Mound (7-1) had won six games by more than 20 points and led 44-39 before going scoreless for five minutes in the third quarter. Pecatonica forced three turnovers and 0-for-7 shooting in that stretch to go on a 14-0 run and led by as much as 60-48.

“We all came together and started talking more,” Hoffman said. “We just figured them out and played together.”

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Korbin Gann added 16 points, Brody Black 12 and Briaun Green 11 for Pec (3-0). Pecatonica (a school-record 27-8 last year) played most of the game without Jaxon Diedrich, who banged his head hard diving into the bleachers to save a loose ball less than two minutes into the game.

Thomas Hereau and Charlie Wiegel had 20 points each for Scales Mound, which made four 3-pointers in the last 80 seconds to get as close as 79-76 with six seconds left.

Contact: mtrowbridge@rrstar.com, @matttrowbridge or 815-987-1383.Matt Trowbridge has covered sports for the Rockford Register Star for over 30 years, after previous stints in North Dakota, Delaware, Vermont and Iowa City.

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