The Wildcat boys played a scrappy game against the North Duplin Rebels Friday, winning 60-56. The score was tied at 45 with just over five minutes left. North Duplin kept it close but could never quite pull ahead in the final minutes. The margin was as little as 3 late in the final quarter.
Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd said. “I’ve got to give it to North Duplin, they played real scrappy. Even though we had a little more size, they controlled the boards. We were up by 12 at one time and let them slip back into it. Offensively, we are struggling shooting. Defensively, we have to react a little faster on certain things. Any time you can beat North Duplin, it’s good!”
Leading the scoring for the Wildcats was Jonathan Faison with 17 points. Arell Owens added 10 and Justin Armwood had 10.
For North Duplin, Royal Taylor had 27 and Ivey Coley hd 11.
‘Cats vs. Spring Creek
Hobbton’s boys got their first win of the young season Thursday night, defeating the visiting Spring Creek Gators 57-39.
Coach Jeff Byrd credited the win to strong rebounding and Hobbton’s ability to control the boards.
“I thought we played a pretty good game, overall,” Bryd said Thursday. “Any time you’re able to hold a team to under 40 points, you’re doing something right.”
The Wildcat varsity started off slow, though, letting Spring Creek jump out to an early 14-8 lead, but the ‘Cats clawed their way back, taking a 25-22 lead into the half.
In the third period, Hobbton was able to break out a little more, inching toward a comfortable45-31 lead that eventually led to the win.
Armwood and Faison led scoring for the Wildcats with 13 points each. Owen sadded another 12, as did Rashaad Davis.
Hobbton’s record moves to 2-1 overall.