Hebron dug an early hole and never fully recovered Friday at Kankakee Valley, falling to the Kougars 74-67.
“We battled back, but we had a bad start to the game and that was the difference in the game,” Hawks coach Mike Grennes said.
Hebron overcame an 11-point deficit in the second quarter, then fell behind by 14 in the second quarter, scrambling back within three in the fourth before the Kougars pulled away again.
“Everyone contributed in one way and we battled the entire game with a much bigger team and out-rebounded them at the end,” Grennes said. “I felt we got better and the goal is to continue to get better for the post-season. Four in double figures is a good start to what we need to do moving forward.”
Reece Marrs paced the Hawks with 27 points and nine rebounds. Griffin Moore scored 13 points, while Logan Zacarias (nine rebounds) and Drew Grennes each notched 11. Riley Blank came up with seven rebounds and Matt Clark snagged four steals.
Hebron (7-9) will look to get back on the winning track Monday at Wheeler. Saturday’s game with the Bearcats was postponed due to the weather.