MORRISON, Ill. — Three-point baskets have been a key to Fulton’s successful season in boys basketball. Many times, 3-pointers have gotten the Steamers off to early leads.
That was the case again Tuesday night, but the last two 3s they made might have been the most important of the season.
Matt Dail’s fifth 3-pointer of the game pulled the Steamers within one point of Morrison, then Kyle Huebner delivered another on Fulton’s next possession in a 36-32 come-from-behind win in the Three Rivers Conference.
“I think Hubie’s was the one (that changed the momentum),” Dail said. “Those two threes were huge.”
Not only did the win push Fulton’s record to 14-5, it also served as a bounce back after a disappointing double-overtime loss last Friday at Prophetstown. Another loss would have dropped the Steamers to 3-3 in conference play.
“It’s big to get a win like this and get back on track,” Huebner said.
For a while, though, it appeared Fulton might be headed in that direction.
Morrison had overcome an early 9-3 deficit — Zach Barber opened the game with a 3-pointer for Fulton and Dail made two more — and crept within 16-13 by halftime. Then in the third quarter the Mustangs took the lead for the first time when Mason Sitzmore scored in the lane and followed up with a steal and pass to Triston Houzenga for a layup that made it 24-23 with 2:55 left.
Fulton pulled even on a free throw by Jake Willging, but Bill Lee Greul hit back-to-back baskets to end the quarter and give the Mustangs a 28-24 lead.
“We started out slow but started to get in it in the second quarter,” said Greul, who scored six of his team-high 14 points in each of the second and third quarters. “We came out in the third quarter nice and strong.”