Hampton outguns U-H in roundball play
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
Hampton and University High hooked up for an entertaining basketball game inside VanHuss-White Gym and it took all four quarters to decide who was going to come out on top.
With the ‘Dogs jumping out to a five-point halftime advantage, 27-22, Coach Ned Smith’s squad managed to hold onto the advantage and rode it to a 56-45 win.
Behind eight points from Conor Burleson in the opening quarter of play, Hampton wanting to make sure that they did everything possible to stay out front on the always dangerous Bucs.
Isaiah McCoury drained two treys for six points as well for Hampton in the opening half while Morgan Lyons also tallied six points to help set the early tone.
The Bucs Kaleb Meredith had the hot hand for University High in the first 16 minutes of play scoring 11 with nine of those coming from behind the three-point arc.
Hampton managed to add a single point to their lead in the third period as they outscored the visitors 15-14 to take a 42-36 lead into the final period.
Lyons added eight more points to his scoring column in the period to help keep the ‘Dogs in the driver’s seat.
Keeping their foot on the gas, Hampton pulled away down the stretch to take the win.
Three Hampton players reached double figures in scoring in the contest led by Lyons 16 points. Burleson finished the night with 13 points while Michael Harrison collected 10.
McCoury and Garrett Vines closed out the ‘Dogs scoring with nine and eight points respectively.
Meredith closed out the contest as the game-high scorer with 20 points. Hank Stott totaled six points while Ben Vargo collected five points.
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