The Hobbton Wildcat men finished the sweep of North Duplin Tuesday night in a physical, hard fought contest. The final was 70-59; however, the game was closer than the score indicates. The Hobbton girls won by 2 and the JV won by 22, 75-53.
North Duplin jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter before the Wildcats got their game going. The Wildcats got a half-court buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter; however, North Duplin still had a 1-point advantage after the first frame. The Wildcats got going in the second quarter going up by 5 points midway the second quarter. At the end of the quarter, on another half-court buzzer beater by Omar Farrior, the Wildcats had 15 point advantage at 46-31. The Rebels would close the margin to 4 a couple if times in the third quarter but the Wildcats still had 55-48 lead after 3 quarters. In the final quarter, the Rebels had cut the Wildcat lead to 4 with 4 minutes left in the game. The Wildcats went on a run to finish the game.
Collin King led the Wildcat scoring effort with 18 points. Nicholas Bryant had 15, Hunter Britt had 14 and Farrior had 12.
“It was a great ball game. We beat James Kenan last Friday, so we had some momentum coming into tonight,” said Hobbton coach Alphonso Hooper. “We have been running the press and I think our pressure bothered them some. We were close to closing the door but they gained some momentum in the second half. We fought back and it was good to get the win on senior night. I have a good group of seniors; what a way to go out. It’s been a long time since we had a sweep. We are not finished yet. We have Lakewood Friday night. Hunter Britt didn’t have a good ball game tonight. He just couldn’t get his shots to drop. He was kind of rushing it some. All in all it was a great game,” concluded Hooper.