The Hobbton Wildcats traveled to Union High School to participate in the annual MLK Basketball Jam Monday. Hobbton battled it out on the court with Cape Fear Christian Academy in the first game of the event. The Wildcats struggled against a dominant Cape Fear defense, which ultimately led to a Cape Fear victory, 77-49.
Slow to start in the first quarter, Hobbton scored only 4 points and Cape Fear only managed 9 points. However, as the second quarter got underway, both teams began finding the basket more frequently. At the sound of the buzzer, the halftime score was 18-27, in Cape Fear favor. It was clear Cape Fear had been fired up in the locker room, coming out scoring 24 points in the third, while Hobbton added only 13 of their own. The Wildcats put forth a good effort in the fourth, adding on 18 points, but just couldn’t catch up to the Eagles, who scored 26 points. As the final buzzer sounded, it was Cape Fear Christian Academy that left with the win, 77-49.
Leading scorers for the Wildcats were Taja Gray with 14 points, Collin King with 13 points, Nick Hunter with 8 points.
Head Coach for Hobbton, Alfonza Hooper, said, “First off, I’m glad Union invited us to play in the MLK Tournament. Cape Fear Christian Academy had guys who shot the ball well, and they had some tall boys who were big shot blockers inside, which intimidated us some. We haven’t really practiced man on man, but we tried it some today and it actually started to work. We got kind of tired in the end started to give up, which really sums up the season for us. We’re going to get back to work tomorrow, and really focus on execution to prepare for West Columbus Thursday and Rosewood Friday.”
Hobbton will travel to West Columbus Thursday to compete in a conference game.