Brogden boys championship - Hoke handles Hoggard
Sat. December 29, 2012 at 11:45 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Hoggards Austin Louthan drives to the basket against Hoke County in the boys championship of the Leon Brogden Holiday Basketball Tournament at Hanover Hall on the campus of UNCW Saturday, Dec. 28, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Matt Born)
Hoke County finished its dominant run through the Brogden boys tournament with a defeat of Hoggard in the title game.
The Bucks got the win even without leading scorer Tarique Thompson, who spent much of the game on the bench in foul trouble.
“We played against some quality teams, and the best in Wilmington,” Hoke County coach Tarique Thompson said. “That’s a good feather in our cap to have.”
Hoke County led most of the game even without Thompson, and even with Hoggard junior and tournament MVP Trevor Singleton scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bucks took control in the second quarter, turning a one-point lead into a 16-point one with a 15-0 run.
“It was just too much for us to overcome,” Hoggard coach Brett Queen said. “All that happened in one quick little stretch at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters. You lose the game in a 3-to-4 minute stretch.”
Four Hoke County players finished in double figures, including Tymell Blue, who poured in nine of his 13 points in the third quarter after Thompson picked up his fourth foul. Blue’s scoring was enough to give the Bucks a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“He was huge. He probably should have been the MVP because he was on the winning team,” Patterson said. “When Tarique was out he picked us up.”
Hoggard cut the lead to eight points late in the game, but could not come any closer.
Trevor Singleton, Hoggard (MVP)
Tarique Thompson, Hoke County
Tymell Blue, Hoke County
Trevon Brown, New Hanover
Grant Stafford, Ashbrook