The Hobbton Middle Wildcats hosted the Sampson Middle Dark Horses Thursday in county middle school action. After a tough contest, the Sampson Middle Dark Horse boys got a 48-36 in over the Wildcats.
Sampson had an 11-8 lead after the first quarter. However, the Wildcats got their game together catching and passing the Dark Horses for a 17-16 advantage at the half. In the third quarter they stretched that lead to 8 points before the Dark Horse press turned the game around. The score after 3 quarters was 28-26, Sampson. In the final period, Sampson’s press continued to give the Wildcats trouble as Sampson opened the game up for the 12-point final margin.
Sampson coach Ron Davis said, “We came out in the beginning and played pretty passive. We had a discussion at half-time about playing with some heart. I didn’t know if they were going to take it to heart and come out and play hard or not. That’s been a problem all year. We just haven’t been playing hard for a complete game. We came out the second half and just played the kind of basketball we play – playing with heart, playing defense and getting easy baskets off of that. We just took care of business the second half.”
“We played the best we’ve ever played against their press the first half,” commented Hobbton coach Jackson Temple. “We executed our press break well. I’m proud of them for that. It got away from us some in the third quarter and they were able to pull ahead. We weren’t able to catch back up. I am proud of the players for learning and breaking the press. They’re getting better and better every game.”
Hobbton’s Tyson Hall lead all players with 20 points. D. Britt added 8 for the Wildcats. For Sampson, J. Faison had 18 points and Z. Herring had 13.