Bobcats swat Eagles 78-42

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 1, 2008

UNIONTOWN &8212; Thursday night was 2A basketball juggernaut R.C. Hatch High School&8217;s turn to host their cross-county line rival, A.L. Johnson, and the Bobcats weren&8217;t polite to their guests.

R.C. Hatch came out hard and fast and didn&8217;t look back as they busted their way to a 26-5 lead in the first period of play. Much of the first quarter success was shouldered by Rodney Scott, who was on fire behind the arc with 15 points in the quarter including four three pointers.

Bobcats&8217; shooters went cold after the breakout beginning and only scored three more points before heading to the locker room at the half. The Eagles used the lull to bring the game within 11 points at the break, trailing 29-18.

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After the half, the Bobcats went back to work and again put up a 26-point quarter to pull the game out of reach. A.L. Johnson managed 16 in the quarter, which couldn&8217;t dent the No. 1 team in 2A&8217;s advantage.

The two groups wrapped up the already finished contest with R.C. Hatch putting up 23 in the fourth and A.L. Johnson adding only eight, ending 78-42.

After starting hot, Scott finished the game with 19 points, 15 of which came from downtown. As normal, Frankie Sullivan Jr. lead the Bobcat scoring, putting up 29 &8212; including eight threes, five rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Brandon Battle added 15 for the Bobcat offense, while Nicholas Johnson held down the group&8217;s defense with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Edwin Dennis was the only Eagle to manage double figures, with 13.

Davis said his group now will work on individual skills and rotating in younger players to develop his group for the area tournament and playoffs.