Hampton comeback not in cards in loss at South Greene
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
GREENEVILLE – The few fans that were able to get into the gym at South Greene on Monday evening to watch the Hampton Bulldogs and the South Greene Rebels tangle in non-conference basketball action absolutely got their money’s worth as the game wasn’t decided until the horn sounded to end the contest.
Trailing by six points with under a minute to play, the Bulldogs clawed their way to within two points before Aydan Hawk sank 1-of-2 free throws with 9.9 seconds left to play to extend the lead back to three.
A last-second three-point shot off the fingers of Michael Harrison couldn’t find the mark as Harrison was under heavy duress as the ‘Dogs fell 73-70 to the host Rebels.
It was the Bulldogs who had the upper hand in the first half as Hampton rolled out to a 20-15 advantage at the first horn.
Morgan Lyons scored six points in the first eight minutes to ignite Hampton to the early lead. Logan Whitehead added four points while Harrison and Dalton Holsclaw tickled the cotton for a trey apiece.
Hampton built on their first-quarter edge as Coach Ned Smith’s ‘Dogs took a 39-34 lead to the break.
Harrison and Logan Whitehead led Hampton in the half as both ‘Dogs finished the first 16 minutes with nine points each. Lyons tallied eight in the first half with Conor Burleson adding six points.
Hawk and Luke Myers paced the Rebels in the first half of play with nine points apiece.
The third quarter was very competitive between the two teams as Hampton continued to maintain the lead by outscoring South Greene 17-16 as the ‘Dogs took a 56-50 edge to the final eight minutes of play.
Down the stretch, it was the inside play of Myers and the outside shooting of Isaac Hoese to flip the script on Hampton as the Rebels managed to eek ahead and wouldn’t let go of the advantage to take the contest by three points.
Myers scored 20 points for the Rebels before fouling out with 59 seconds remaining to play in the game. Ty Bailey and Hawk finished with 15 points each.
Harrison finished with 16 points to pace Hampton. Whitehead totaled 13 points while Burleson chipped in with 12 points and Lyons 10 to put four Bulldogs in double figures.
“They are a good team and well-coached,” said Hampton head coach Ned Smith. “Our kids battled. We lost them a time or two on the press and they filled it up.
“We were down six with under a minute and our kids battled back and had the ball to tie. The kids are getting better. We are young and we are battling.”
The Bulldogs found themselves in foul trouble from the start. Several charging fouls were called with a couple of two or three of those being very questionable.
South Greene, 73-70
Michael Harrison 16, Parker Henry 2, Conor Jones 2, Joseph Jenkins 6, Dalton Holsclaw 6, Logan Whitehead 13, Isaiah McCoury 1, Morgan Lyons 10, Garrett Vines 2, Conor Burleson 12.
South Greene (73)
Isaac Hoese 7, Jay Higgins 2, Aydan Hawk 15, Chandler Fillers 10, Ty Bailey 15, Luke Myers 20, Andrew Thornburg 4.
Hampton………. 20 19 17 14 – 70
South Greene… 15 19 16 23 – 73
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