Hatch avenges over Raiders

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 31, 2007

UNIONTOWN &045; The Eugene Mason Sports Arena was filled beyond capacity. The only room in the gymnasium was the 94 feet by 50 feet area where the game was played. It’s the type of venue that the R.C. Hatch Bobcats thrives on.

Last night Hatch defended its home court against the Greensboro Raiders, 68-56. The win was its 17th against four losses. They are also undefeated at home this season and are 26-1 in the last two seasons at home.

Frankie Sullivan, who scored 12 points in the second half for Hatch gave his team the momentum just before half time when he knocked down a triple with the clock winding down. That gave the Bobcats a 29-21 lead.

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Hatch was up 10-6 after the first quarter, as both teams started sluggish. The Bobcats committed three turnovers and missed on three triple tries early in the quarter. The score was just 4-2 the first four minutes of the game.

Hatch would pull away and go up by eight points midway through the second quarter, but Greensboro would come back with six straight to get back within two with the help of a Mike Wiggins jumper off the glass. Sullivan followed with a three-pointer to open things back up for the Bobcats. He hit his second three-pointer just before the half ended.

Hatch scored the first points of the third quarter on its way to a 12-5 run the first four minutes of the quarter. They built a 43-28 lead with 3:50 left in the third quarter.

The double-digit deficit was too much for the Raiders to over come, as the Bobcats kept them at bay the rest of the game.

Sullivan topped all scorers, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. Brandon Battle added 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior Calvin Pope chipped in 10 points for the No. 3 ranked Bobcats.

For Greensboro, Calvin Skipper led with 13 points. DeMarquelle Tabb contributed 11 points and Wiggins dropped in 10 points.