Singleton leads Hoggard boys in rout
Fri. December 14, 2012 at 10:54 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Hoggard's Trevor Singleton holds onto a rebound against two Pinecrest defenders Friday night at Hoggard High School. (Photo by Photo By: Jeff Janowski/StarNews Media)
For 16 minutes Friday, Trevor Singleton was perfect.
Hoggard's junior forward poured in 27 points and did not miss a field goal in the second half as the Vikings (3-3) routed Southern Pines Pinecrest 54-33.
"He was pretty good," Hoggard coach Brett Queen said after the game. "It's really nice to have somebody that you can throw the ball inside to, and he can make things happen."
Singleton made a whole lot of points happen. He used a diverse offensive arsenal: fast-break dunks; put-backs, spin moves; even a pair of back-to-back circus layups in the third quarter. His 21 second-half points outscored Pinecrest (6-2) in the same stretch.
"We've really worked hard on post moves with our guys, and he's using that," Queen said. "We've worked on back-to-the-basket stuff, facing-the-basket stuff, he used all of that tonight."
Singleton said he kept his focus simple: run the floor and get into position for a pass. He credited his teammates for finding him frequently in the post.
"We emphasized being big and running this game," Singleton said. "I just wanted to get out and run, and that's what I did, ran the floor and got into position."
For the game, Singleton was 13-for-16 from the field. Entering Friday's game, Singleton was already shooting 64 percent from the floor, a highly efficient clip. As a team, Hoggard shot 56.4 percent Friday.
"One thing is he's getting really close shots," Queen said. "And (Pinecrest) didn't have a lot of size and that made it easier. But you've got to have guys that can get the ball to him."
Singleton's performance – he also had eight rebounds and four blocks – helped turn a six-point Hoggard lead at halftime into an easy win. Queen also gave the Hoggard defense credit, as the Vikings held Pinecrest to one quarter with double-figure points, and Pinecrest shot just 28.9 percent for the game.
"That was the best job defensively we've done this year," Queen said. "Except for our rebounding, we've got to continue to work on that. But in their last game, Pinecrest scored 50 points in the first half. So I was very pleased with how we played defensively."
The win also marked the second straight for Hoggard after three straight losses last week. Singleton said that the team has simply buckled down in practice.
"We've tried to just practice hard," Singleton said. "Coach emphasizes things that we need to do better, and we try in practice to do those things."