The first time the Princeton Bulldogs and the Hobbton Wildcats met, it took 3 overtimes for the Wildcats to pull out a win. Friday night, the Wildcats handily beat the Bulldogs taking a 71-42 win.
The Wildcats doubled the score on Princeton in the first quarter leading 22-11. In the second, Princeton cut the margin; however, the Wildcats still had a 34-25 lead at the half. In the 3rd quarter, the Wildcats turned up the heat going up by 15 points taking a commanding 53-38 lead. In the final frame, the Wildcats kept the pressure on taking an impressive win.
The Wildcats had 4 players in double figures. Hunter Britt had a 19 point performance. Collin King was right behind him with 18. Nicholas Bryant had 11 points and Omar Farrior finished with 10.
Wildcat coach Alphonso Hooper said, “My hat is off to Princeton. The first time we played them it was a triple overtime game. I told the guys I wanted to win the ball game. We had to come out with intensity from the start. We have been working on some things. I think our 2-2-1 half-court press bothered them some. I told them each time we wanted to push the basketball in transition for the easy basket. I think we kind of wore them down.
“We changed our defense and I think that bothered them. It’s been a long time since we had a home win. It was a good win for after and an impressive win at Spring Creek Tuesday night. Hats off to my team. I think we really shared the basketball. Also, I think we are starting to peak at the right time. I keep telling the if we play hard, any thing is possible. I also want the thank the fans for coming out and supporting us.”
The Wildcats host Neuse Charter Tuesday night and travel to James Kenan Friday night.