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Erik Hatton’s two free throws with 38 seconds left lifted Hard Knox over Almost Semi-Pro on opening night in the Marshall basketball league.

Hard Knox beat Almost Semi-Pro 42-40 on Dec. 3 at the Marshall Wellness Center. With the score tied 39-39, Hatton put Hard Knox up 41-39 at the foul line.

The forward finished with 10 points. Nick Mastramico had 11 with three 3-pointers.

“It was a real good game,” Hatton said. “It was good competition. The other guys, they were solid. We really had to crank up the D. Our guys were able to get to the rim, get to the line at the end of the game and we knocked down the shots we needed to.”

Nathan Sowada had nine points for Almost Semi-Pro.

Space Jam 79, RTC 55: Brett Bouldin poured in 32 points for Space Jam, which was runner-up for the 2018-19 Division A title.

“We got a couple of new faces,” player/captain Byrd Hayes said. “We play unselfish ball. Feed the hot hand. We always have fun. You got to have fun.”

“They were hitting a lot of easy shots and they were hitting a lot more difficult shots,” RTC forward/center Julius Lucas said. “And it’s hard to beat a team hitting everything. They were probably hitting about 65 or 70 percent from the field.”

Monstars 42, Marske & Crutch 39: Adam Molloy scored 20 to pace the Monstars.

The Monstars scored the first nine points but trailed 26-21 at halftime. Bob Gillis finished with 15 for Marske & Crutch.

Blouses 57, Hot Cheese Soup 44: Josh Hills had 18 for the Blouses in their debut.

Grant Kochevar countered with 12 for Hot Cheese Soup.

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