Even though Hanover was 8-0 going into this game while Lebanon was 5-3 I think most people would have thought that this game would be a toss-up as far as who would win and if anything Lebanon would be slight favorites because they had played a tougher schedule so far, were playing at home and had a couple guys injured earlier in the season (Matt Cowles and Tyler Silver) who are now healthy.
However it was Hanover who made a statement on Saturday evening. They showed that there's a reason why they're undefeated and that they are legit contenders in Division II boys basketball. The Marauders played great defense all game, they were tough on the boards and used a balanced scoring attack (led by Alex Krass' game-high 17 points) to defeat Lebanon 51-37.
It was a very hard fought, physical basketball game. Hanover-Lebanon is a great rivalry, and the gym was absolutely packed and loud for this one, it was a great atmosphere for high school basketball. Hanover went up 24-7 with 6:00 left in the 2nd quarter on a three by Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris. Lebanon wasn't able to get within 10 points of Hanover the rest of the game.
"Hampton is the impetus of their team, so we made him work for everything he got" said Hanover head coach Tim Winslow, talking about Lebanon junior guard david Hampton who was held to just 11 points and had to take A LOT of shots to get those 11 points. "It's always a hard fought battle when we play them."