The Hobbton Wildcats pulled off a big upset Tuesday night when they traveled to Neuse Charter and knocked off the 7th seeded Cougars. The Wildcats used a pair of last second free throws from Collin King to win the game 68-66.
It was a 19-14 lead for the Wildcats after the first quarter, but then came Neuse Charter storming back to claim a 43-41 lead heading into the halftime locker room.
Hobbton played a solid third quarter, and so did Neuse, as they battled back and forth. It was 56-55 Hobbton, after 3.
In a back and forth final frame, it came down the last possession. After Neuse Charter missed a pair of free throws, Collin King was fouled dribbling back down the floor, and was sent to stripe to shoot 1-1.
He flipped his wrist and sent the first shot cleanly through, giving them a 1 point lead. This allowed him to shoot another, which he converted as well.
It propelled the 26th seeded Wildcats into the second round of the tournament, and allotted them a trip to Camden County for a second round game on Thursday (details in Sunday’s paper).
Collin King led the scoring with 20 points. Nicholas Bryant scored 16, Hunter Britt scored 14 and Omar Farrior had 11 to lead the Wildcats.
“It really was a big win for us,” said Hobbton’s head coach Alphonzo Hooper. “We wanted another shot at Neuse, as they beat us in the regular season in conference play. We came out and played really good defense and did what we needed to do. They made some big shots, but we made some big shots too, and I am really pleased with our team’s effort and poise.”
Hobbton’s game with Camden County features the 10 seed verses the 27. The story will be online at clintonnc.com on Friday, and in Sunday’s paper.
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