Written by Corbett Smith
Star guard Shipley rallies Hebron boys past Cedar Hill in OT, 51-47
ARLINGTON — When Jeffrey Hicks made his second layup in overtime, Hebron teammate Chase Mortenson took an exultant skip down the court, pumping his hand in the air.
With tears in his eyes after the game, Mortenson said it was easy to understand his excitement.
“It means I get to play another basketball game,” the senior forward said.
Hebron, the state’s No. 2-ranked team, rallied from a six-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat Cedar Hill, 51-47, in overtime behind a strong second-half performance by star guard Ridge Shipley.
Using a Princeton cut that it used sparingly all season, Hebron (34-2) scored six quick points in less than a minute, with four points coming from backdoor cuts by Hicks.
“It worked against them last year, so we thought we’d put it in,” Hebron coach Mark Bishop said.
Hebron will face state No. 1 DeSoto (33-2) in the regional quarterfinals next week.
Cedar Hill (23-12) had a five-point halftime lead and extended it to six points late in the third quarter, but couldn’t pull away from the District 5-5A champs.
With less than a minute left in the third quarter, Shipley — who led Hebron with 17 points — converted a four-point play to pull Hebron within two, 34-32.
“He’s tough,” Bishop said of Shipley, a Cal Poly signee. “That’s just the kind of player he is.”
Shipley scored five of his team’s next seven points, allowing Hebron to retake the lead. Cedar Hill answered back, with a 3-pointer by Kealon Clayborne with 1:56 remaining, giving his team a one-point lead. After a missed 3-point attempt by Shipley, Cedar Hill’s Jalen Jones — who led all scorers with 18 — was fouled, but missed the front half of a 1-and-1 with 35 seconds remaining.
Shipley was fouled on the ensuing possession but converted only one of his two free throw attempts, tying the score at 43-43.
Cedar Hill held the ball for the final shot in regulation, but didn’t get in its offensive set quick enough, resorting to a contested 3-point attempt by Jones.
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