Hoggard boys thump South View
Wed. February 27, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | By Tom Grady | StarNews Correspondent | email@example.com
Hoggard's Joe O'Donnell (21) shoots over South View's Treshawn Patterson (35) during a state playoff game at Hoggard on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (Photo by Mike Spencer)
South View happened to catch the Hoggard Vikings on a good night – a very, very good night – in the second round of the Class 4A state boys basketball playoffs.
When the Vikings finally finished their flurry of long shots, dunks and defense on Wednesday, they walked away with an impressive 68-47 victory.
Next up is a Friday-night trip to Clayton for Round 3. And coach Brett Queen can only hope his team can emulate their performance against the Tigers.
“With no disrespect to any team I’ve ever coached, in the 11 years that I’ve been coaching here, that’s the best game one of our teams has played,” Queen said. “We were just as good as we can be on both ends of the floor.”
The coached praised his defense and added, “and then offensively we were just very efficient; very confident.”
From the opening tip, the Vikings were blazing. Joe O’Donnell drained four 3-pointers in the first six minutes on the way to a game-high 27 points.
Trevor Singleton finished with 19 points and four blocked shots and teammate Austin Louthan added 11 points.
“We just wanted to come out with a lot of energy, especially after the (first-round) overtime game,” O’Donnell said. “We wanted to make a statement early that we definitely belong here and that no team should just walk in here and expect to beat us.”
South View got 22 points from Ri’an Holland and 11 from Dominique Wiggins.
Hoggard led 35-15 at the half before the Tigers (23-5) closed the gap to 45-34 early in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings responded with a 10-2 run, featuring 3-point-plays by Singleton and O’Donnell, to build the advantage back up to 55-36 with 4:42 remaining.
“The second run there, to sort of get it back up to 20, was impressive and we did it in a different way,” Queen said.
“We kept defending but we were attacking the basket and shooting layups and free throws in the fourth quarter.”
And if every other efficient aspect of the Vikings’ play wasn’t enough, they also finished at 13-for-15 from the line.
Hoggard (18-8) bolted out to a 25-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. O’Donnell’s fourth 3-pointer of the first frame gave Hoggard an 18-6 edge with 2:08 left.
Singleton had all four of his blocked shots in the first half, to go with 14 points.
“We were just very fired up,” Singleton said.
“We were ready to get out there. We just came out and played our best basketball.”