Hoggard boys come up short in upset bid
Sat. December 01, 2012 at 8:05 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Hoggard's boys basketball upset bid of Needham Broughton ran smack into the Caps' defense Saturday and fizzled.
Broughton took a 54-48 win at Hoggard on the strength of some stingy second-half play and clutch free throw shooting.
The win was Broughton's second against a Wilmington school in as many days after beating New Hanover on Friday.
"We've got to better at recognizing the defense and handling pressure," Hoggard coach Brett Queen said. "(Broughton is) good at changing the defense up."
Hoggard led the game at halftime off 13 points from Trevor Singleton.
The junior forward finished with a game-high 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and his three-pointer at the halftime buzzer gave Hoggard a 29-25 advantage.
Singleton's scoring couldn't have come at a better time – N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried was in the stands to watch his son, Cam, who plays for Broughton. Singleton added five rebounds and two blocks.
"He's gotten better every year," Queen said of Singleton. "And there's a lot of upside to his game. He can be even better than he is now."
Even with Singleton's scoring, Hoggard's offense sputtered in the second half, largely due to Broughton's defensive adjustments. The Caps went all-out with defensive pressure, running a three-fourths court press and trapping out of it. That scheme almost completely shut Hoggard down in the third quarter.
Broughton guard at Appalachian State signee Devonte Graham led the Caps with 15 points, and Broughton outrebounded Hoggard 24-15 for the game.
Queen said the Vikings have plenty to work on for the future, especially given the Vikings' tough nonconference schedule with games at Jacksonville and Millbrook next week.
"I think these guys have been through a lot," Queen said. "And they understand why. We've talked about it. They want to play and compete."