Hilton boys basketball determined to end 52-year sectional drought

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Look at the banners in the Hilton High School gym, and you’ll see sectional titles, state titles, even a national title or two.

The Hilton boys basketball team has a couple sectional championships, but it’s been a while.

“1966, a long time ago.”

The Cadets believe this season will be different than the past 52 seasons. They boast an 8-1 record, and guard Tah-Jae Hill leads the team with 34 points per game. 

“He just works so hard in practice and on the court you can see he just knows how to put it in the basket,” said senior forward Mitch Carr. “He practices as if every day is a game.”

Hill is the first Cadet to break 1000 career points since Ryan Mee back in 2001.

“I know that my abilities and the talents that I have been blessed with I can help contribute to put Hilton on the map,” said Hill.

Hilton’s only loss this season came at the hands of Irondequoit, a program the Cadets are trying to emulate. The Eagles had won only one sectional title before winning three titles this decade.

“We knew when we lost to them by four that we are right there,” said senior guard Noah Malta. “They are one of the best team in New York, and to show that we can play with them is a good sign for us.”

Class AA will be as hotly contested as ever, but Hilton current sits in first place and the Cadets like knowing they control their own destiny.

“I look up there every day,” said Hill. “I probably look at it five times and think ‘What if this really happens?’ That’ll be a dream come true for us. We know we can do it if we just continue to work hard and put our mind to it.”

And perhaps 2019 will soon be written on the Hilton boys basketball banner.

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