Hampton topples Hancock behind Bentley trey’s

Published 12:21 am Tuesday, March 3, 2020

     Senior forward Jordan Bentley and Hancock County guard Hunter Hatfield had a shoot-off on Saturday evening in the opener of the Region 1-2A playoffs.
     Bentley hit six three-balls and scored a team-high 22 points as Hampton (23-10) took down the Indians 70-45 at Van Huss White gymnasium.
     “Bentley was big, especially in the first half he shot real well first half,” Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith said. “Caleb (Oaks) and Morgan (Lyons) played really well and kept (Ferguson) off the glass for the most part. We had 25 assists and shared the ball really well.”
     Hatfield knocked down three trey’s and scored all 15 of the Indians (14-14) first period points. It was not enough as the Bulldogs got a pair of trey’s from Jordan Bentley and led 20-15 after one quarter. Hatfield finished with a game-high 26 points.
     Bentley remained hot into the second period as he immediately canned a pair of long-range shots as Hampton built a 30-19 lead with 5:00 remaining in the first half.
     Bentley scored 16 first-half points as the ‘Dogs took a 39-24 advantage at the half. Hatfield had a game-high 19 first-half points for Hancock.
     “Whenever that first shot went down, I felt like I was going to have a good night,” Bentley said. “I just looked to score more and I hope that carries on to the next game. Now it’s win or go home.”
     The ‘Dogs extended their lead to 53-33 with 1:45 left in the third period with a 14-4 run led by six points from sophomore forward Morgan Lyons.     Caleb Oaks backed Bentley’s big effort with 12 points while Lyons added nine. Freshman post player Chandler Ferguson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Hancock.
Region 1-2A Tournament
Hampton 70-45
Hancock Co. (45)
Hatfield 26, Cantwell 2, Harrison 2, Ferguson 13, Mayes 2.
Hampton (70)
Hughes 7, Vines 4, Oaks 12, Croy 2, Bentley 22, Jones 6, Hill 6, Lyons 9, Burleson 2.
Hancock Co 15   9 11 10 – 45
Hampton      20 19 15 16 – 70
3-point goals: HC 3 (Hatfield). H 8 (Bentley 6, Hughes 2).

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