CUSTER — Hesperia won a nailbiter at Mason County Eastern, 48-44, in a non-conference game Monday night. 

The Panthers overcame foul trouble and a five-point fourth quarter. Hesperia’s comeback was keyed by Bryce Billings, who scored eight of his 16 points late in the fourth quarter. 

In addition to his points, Billings had nine rebounds and three steals that triggered Hesperia’s comeback. 

Billings was not alone. Jared Tanner had 11 points and hit the key foul shot to secure the victory.  

Saving the best for last was Hesperia’s big man Ethan O’Neil, who  had 13 points and 19 rebounds. 

Mason County was led by its dynamic duo of Clay Shoup, who had 14 points, and Zach Howe, who hit for 11. In addition, Trent Hawke kicked in 10 points. 

The Cardinals had several second-chance baskets. The biggest blow to Eastern was when its star guard, Zach Howe, fouled out in the fourth quarter. That led to Hesperia taking the lead with roughly a minute to go.