Boys Basketball Head Coach
HCHS at Fort White, (Tuesday, Jan. 16) HCHS 56 - FORT WHITE 71
The Trojans went to Fort White Tuesday night to meet the Indians for the third time this season. HCHS won the first game of the year and Fort White won the second game during the Christmas tournament in Macclenny.
Well, this would not be the Trojans’ night as they would fall to the Indians by 15 points. The Trojans put up a decent effort but it wasn’t enough.
Josh Jones - 20 points and 11 rebounds. Vincent Bailey - eight points, six rebounds and six blocked shots. Robin McClain - seven points. Howard Webb - six points and three steals. Anthony Stevens - four points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Malcolm Pollock - three points with two steals. Jeremy Claridy, Eric Jackson, Josh Paul, and Glenn Sheppard - two points each. Gareth Johnson - one assist and two deflections. Ti’Wan Cooks - three assists.
The loss dropped Hamilton’s record to 15-5 on the year as they prepared for Saturday’s big rivalry game with Madison High.
HCHS vs Madison,
(Saturday, Jan. 20)
HCHS 62 - MADISON 63
It was Senior Night Saturday night in Jasper as the Trojans took on district foe and rival Madison County High. The Cowboys came into the game riding a two game district winning streak and the Trojans came into the game wanting to put a halt to a one game losing skid of their own.
The Cowboys came out strong with four quick points, the last two coming off of a dunk by Xavier Tillman. However, the Trojans quickly got right back into the game with a jumper by Jackson and a three-pointer by Cooks. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 14-12 HCHS.
The game went back and forth in the second quarter with both teams showing a lot of hustle and effort in a packed house. Towards the end of the half, HCHS made a run to take an eight-point lead at 31-23 on a Sheppard jumper in the lane. However, Madison made a jump shot of their own to end the half with the Trojans leading 31-25.
With the score 37-34 early in the third quarter, HCHS went on a 10-0 run, giving them a 47-34 lead with about four minutes left in the quarter. After an odd delay with no time outs being called, the Cowboys scored six points in a row, cutting the lead to 47-40. Cooks came back down the court and was fouled. He made two free throws to give the Trojans a nine-point lead at 49-40. Unfortunately, Madison scored the final six points of the period, closing the gap to 49-46 entering the final quarter.
Once again, the fourth quarter was a close battle as the teams went back and forth, scoring points while also playing good defense. With the score tied at 54, Jones made a jumper. Madison came back down and made a shot of their own. Then, Bailey canned a baseline jumper, giving the Trojans a two-point lead at 58-56 with about two minutes left in the game.
As the game went on, the score was tied at 60 with 25 seconds remaining. Madison’s McDaniel received a pass and was headed for the basket when he crashed into Cooks under the Cowboy’s basket. With the referees having to determine whether or not it was an offensive charging foul or a defensive blocking foul (which is one of the most difficult calls in the game of basketball), the blocking foul was called and McDaniel went to the free throw line with a chance to give Madison the lead.
McDaniel made the first free throw but missed the second attempt. However, Madison’s Brown wrestled the rebound away from a Trojan and put the ball back in, giving the Cowboys a three-point lead.
Hamilton didn’t quit, heading right back down the court. Freshman Bailey was fouled on a field goal attempt. Bailey made both free throws, cutting the lead to 63-62.
After a called time-out to set up the defense, Madison was able to inbound the ball and Tillman was fouled immediately with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Tillman missed the front end of a one and one free throw situation and Jones for HCHS grabbed the rebound. As he dribbled up court, he received some contact from the Madison players but no fouls were called. Coach Murphy was able to get a timeout with 5.7 seconds remaining and the Trojans trailing by a point.
After the timeout, the ball got knocked around and, although there was contact, the ball went out of bounds off of a Madison player with 1.7 seconds left in the game.
With the crowd on its feet, the Trojans’ inbound pass was unfortunately intercepted and the Cowboys won a very emotional game, 63-62.
Both teams played well and fought hard. HCHS actually out-rebounded the Cowboys 45-35 while also having six less turnovers than the Cowboys (14-20). What eventually made the difference was shooting. HCHS ended up shooting 32 percent from the field while Madison made nine out of their last 12 attempts in the game to help lead them to victory.
The loss dropped Hamilton’s overall record to 15-6. Hamilton finished up their regular season district schedule with a 4-2 record, making them the #1 seed in February’s district tournament, to be held in Perry. They will take on Florida High in the first round while Madison will take on Taylor.
Cooks - 20 points and five rebounds. Jones - 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bailey - 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. Jackson - seven points and three steals. Sheppard - four points and five assists. Stevens, McClain, and Pollock two- points each.
STATS AFTER 21 GAMES...
Josh Jones is averaging 19.7 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 2.7 steals per game.
Vincent Bailey is averaging 14.5 points per game, seven rebounds per game, and 4.4 blocked shots per game.
Ti’Wan Cooks is averaging 11 points per game, three rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game.
Eric Jackson is averaging 6.4 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 2.1 steals per game.
Anthony Stevens is averaging 4.1 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 1.1 steals per game.
Bailey has the highest field goal shooting percentage at 56.4%. Ti’Wan Cooks leads the team in free throw shooting at 75% for a team that shoots 65.4% as a team. Cooks also leads the team with 24 three pointers made on the season.
We play at Bradford High in Starke Tuesday night and then at Live Oak Saturday.