The Hobbton High School Wildcats showed up to play on Tuesday in their second conference basketball game this week, picking up a pair of wins over visiting North Duplin on Senior Night.
Boys push streak ahead
The Wildcats pushed their win streak to three after a dominating second half performance gave them an easy victory, 61-48.
While this game ended with Hobbton (4-15) cruising to the finish line, it wasn’t so one-sided over the course of the game. North Duplin (3-17) actually put them through their paces in the first half.
Hobbton trailed by a handful of points at the end of the first half. After battling to a 12-all draw after the first period, North Duplin inched out a small halftime lead, 30-27, following another grueling 8 minutes.
Three-point shooting proved to be the only major difference in the Rebels claiming a halftime advantage. Hobbton attacked the basket and controlled the post but North Duplin got up with the 3-point shot. The Rebels lead, however, wouldn’t last long.
Halftime adjustments from the Wildcats helped swing momentum their way and turned a slight deficit into a 10-point lead heading into the final stanza. Hobbton maintained its advantage from there en route to the comfortable victory.
The most noteworthy move coming out of halftime, however, proved to be a fairly simple adjustment: The Wildcats for the most part simply increased their intensity on defense which created turnovers. HHS also out rebounded North Duplin on both ends, leading to points in transition and getting to the free-throw line after second chance opportunities and fast breaks.
Getting to the charity stripe also paid off in the end as the Cats converted 12-of-18 attempts.
Most of the roster again scored in abundance for the Wildcats. Colby Weeks led the offense this time around with 15 points. Jordan Pearsall went for 13 points with Daniel Britt chipped in 8. D.J. and Jackson Weeks tacked on seven apiece to wrap up HHS’ leading scorers.
Girls find another win
The Lady Wildcats also celebrated Senior Night with a win over North Duplin. The game went down to the wire with Hobbton squeezing out a 31-28 overtime victory.
In a low-scoring game where defense was the star of the show, both teams defended well and generated a plethora of turnovers. With both teams locked in defensively, the opposing offenses struggled all night with turnovers, leading to a close contest throughout.
Free-throw shooting highlighted a foul-plagued game. North Duplin converted two key foul shots with under 10 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Down by 2 with only 1:30 to go, the Rebels forced a late turnover, setting up the next to last possession in regulation. They managed to draw a foul with 6 seconds left and hit a pair of clutch free throws that sent the game to overtime.
Tight defense and free-throw shooting continued in the extra period, with Hobbton earning a chance for the win at the charity stripe. Despite making just 9-of-33 from the line for the game, three of the makes came in the closing seconds to secure the win.
Kameron Stocks led the way again for the Cats, scoring 9 points. Freshman Ciara Bryant chipped in 7 for HHS.