Forward Butch Hill's performance in the first half kept St. Albans close and a second-half rally produced a 59-52 victory over Landon at St. Albans.

Confined to perimeter passing by Landon's 2-1-2 zone defense and 33 per cent field goal shooting, St. Albans was behind at halftime, 22-19.

It would have been worse except for Hill. The 6-foot-3 junior blocked five shots and made four of nine St. Albans' field goals in the first half. He finished with 11 rebounds and 16 points.

"Butch is the glue that holds us together defensively," explained St. Albans' coach John Dodd. "He can erase the errors we make. Offensively he moves extremely well away from the ball. He's missing only a good jump shot and he's improving all the time."

Hill scored St. Albans' first six points of the third period, but the Bulldogs trailed 28-25.

St. Albans then went on a 14-2 scoring spree for a 39-30 lead. Jack Skilling tied the score at 29 with a jumper with 4:30 left in the third quarter and Carl Cosimano but St. Albans ahead for good, 31-29.

Landon trailed 56-52, with 55 seconds left in the game. The charge was led by Paul Adkins 10 fourth-quarter points. But Cosimano quenched Landon's fire, sinking two free throws with 42 seconds remaining.