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Hoggard boys hold on to win in OT


It's fitting that Brett Queen and Bill Boyette coached against each other in one of the more exciting games in Hoggard's Hebbe Gymnasium history on Monday night in the first round of the Class 4A boys basketball state playoffs.

Boyette, the Vikings' coach for two seasons before Queen took over in 2003, and his upset-minded Terry Sanford team gave the Vikings all they could handle, but couldn't contain Seth Thomas in overtime and fell 67-57.

"It's great to get the win and get onto the next one," said Thomas, who scored eight of his 14 points in overtime.

Hoggard (17-8) turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 41-32 lead after three quarters behind Trevor Singleton. After being held to six points in the first half, Singleton scored eight of his game-high 22 in the third quarter.

The score was the same when Vikings senior Joe O'Donnell, the team's second-leading scorer, picked up his fourth foul and then a technical foul to disqualify him with 6:57 to play. With O'Donnell on the bench, the Bulldogs (13-12) clawed back and took the lead with under 2 minutes to play.

Singleton got a putback to tie the score but, with 45 seconds left, Terry Sanford's Darryl Bonner hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. He was unable to convert the free throw, however, which proved costly, as Hoggard's Austin Louthan was fouled on a banked-in jumper. He made his free throw to tie the game at 55-55 with 35 seconds remaining.

"I was worried about how that call was going to go," Queen said. "I thought early that Trevor had finished a play and he got called for a charge.

"Those calls you just never know how they're going to go and fortunately that one went our way and we were able to get the three-point play."

Terry Sanford decided to hold for the final shot, but a desperation jumper missed to the left.

In overtime, Hoggard ran the same play three straight times to get Thomas a wide-open look at the free throw line and he buried it all three times. The Vikings shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and the free-throw line in overtime.

"That's my money shot right there, so I knock that down every time I get the chance," Thomas said. "Until they stop it that's what we're going to keep running."

Hoggard will host South View on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.