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Hayti boys top Holcomb 87-20 in BCT preview

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Holcomb’s Gabe Roso fires a three pointer during the Hornet’s 87-20 loss to Hayti.
Cody Tucker photo

HOLCOMB, Mo. — The Hayti varsity boys basketball team cruised past Holcomb 87-20 Thursday night in a matchup that served as a preview for the opening round of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.

The early minutes of the game were closely matched, but Hayti outscored Holcomb 47-6 in the second half to close out a comfortable victory.

Hayti coach Aaron Bidewell praised Holcomb for executing early in the game.

Holcomb’s Austin Barnes, right, chases Hayti’s Darius Jones during a fast break in the Indians’ 87-20 victory Thursday night.
Cody Tucker photo

“Coach (Chris) Hahn does a great job with this group,” Bidewell said after the game. “He runs a stall offense and he was able to execute. (Elijah) Hobbs is a good player. They came out and executed what they wanted to do, and he had them ready to play.”

The first quarter ended 15-9, with Holcomb fighting off Hayti’s early fast break chances while sinking crucial baskets of their own.

“A lot of that was we weren’t blocking out,” Bidwell explained. “They out-worked us in the first quarter, to be honest. It’s one of those things where if you don’t work hard in the Bootheel area, somebody’s going to come and play. You’ve got to come ready to play every night.”

The Indians’ strength and depth began to show throughout the second quarter as they gained several second-chance and fast break opportunities. They outscored Holcomb 25-5 in the second quarter, and Holcomb had few answers for the Indians’ offensive assault in the second half.

Darius Jones led scoring for Hayti with 22 points, followed by Kobe Cooper with 14 points.

Hobbs led Holcomb with 11 points.

Bidewell credited a strong group of junior varsity players helping the Indians extend their lead throughout the game.

“We were without three varsity starters tonight,” he explained. “We had some JV guys come in and step up … we were real proud of them. It lets us know how exciting our future could be. You always want to get kids in games like this.”

Thursday’s win serves as a powerful start for Hayti’s district campaign. The team’s next district game falls on Jan. 2 against Senath-Hornersville, but for now, they’ll prepare for the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.

Bidewell eyes a strong start to the tournament against Holcomb in an effort to improve upon Hayti’s second-place finish last year.

No. 2 seeded Hayti plays No. 15 seeded Holcomb Dec. 26 at 11:15 a.m. in the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.

“It’s one game at a time,” Bidwell said of the tournament. “If you don’t take it that way, you get beat. I don’t know if it’s ever been as well-coached as it is right now top to bottom. Just full of good, high-quality coaches. They do a good job, everybody’s got their team ready to play. Every night you go in there, you’re going to get challenged, so you better be ready.”

Hayti 87, Holcomb 20

Hayti 15 36 28 19 - 87

Holcomb 9 5 4 2 - 20

HAYTI (87) Kobe Cooper 14, Darius Jones 22, Wilburn 9, Jayshaun Moore 5, J. Covington 4, Chrivonte Moore 4, Ivory Winters 12, W. Dunn 4, D. Reed 4, C. Jones 9 FG 38 FT 8/19 42% (3-pointers: Jones 2, Wilburn 1).

HOLCOMB (20) Gabe Roso 6, Korben Tucker 1, Noah Hobbs 11, Elijah Hobbs 2 FG 7 FT 6/15 40% (3-pointers: none).

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