The Hoggard boys basketball team is no stranger to games decided in the final minute, having played eight games this season that have come down to the last few possessions.
It was no different for the Vikes on Friday night as Hoggard used a clutch three-pointer by Jack Bagley to pull out a 37-35 overtime victory at Laney. Heading into the crosstown rivalry matchup, Hoggard was 3 for 5 in contests decided late in the game.
“It was good to just get a win and really good to win a close game,” said Hoggard Coach Brett Queen. “We have to sharpen up some things because I think there are a lot of things we’re doing to put ourselves in that situation. Coach Faulk had a good game plan and really slowed us down, limiting our ability to get the ball inside.”
Trailing by one with 14.6 seconds left in the extra period, good ball movement between Xavier Johnson and A.J. Frye gave Bagley an open look from the wing and the senior guard drained his fifth trifecta of the game. Johnson recorded his sixth block on the Bucs’ last-second attempt to preserve the result.
“We had some guys make some plays,” Queen added. “That was a huge shot Jack [Bagley] hit. That kid is in the gym all the time, shooting and working. He’s had some other shots this year that haven’t gone in when he’s taken big shots, but I keep telling him I want him shooting and taking those shots.”
Bagley sank five treys in the effort, surpassing the school record for three-point attempts made with his game-winner. He finished with a team-high 15 points.
The Bucs were content to slow the game and stick to their game plan throughout as Marquan Miller provided some key baskets for Laney with a game-high 18 points.
Laney did a good job preventing Hoggard’s inside players from taking over the scoring column, holding Johnson to just one basket, which gave the Vikings a 32-31 edge late in the fourth quarter. Chris Bennett eventually sank 1 of 2 from the free throw line in the waning seconds of the period to force overtime.
After both teams committed turnovers on the opening possessions in overtime, Patrick Morrison put Hoggard in front 34-32 with an offensive rebound and put back, but Jordan John’s three-point basket with 37.4 seconds remaining gave Laney a one-point edge to setup the dramatic finish.
“Xavier was huge defensively blocking shots and we got the ball when he was able to get those blocks,” said Queen. “It was a different kind of a game, a different kind of win. We tried to do some different things to get the ball inside, but happy to get a road win in conference.”
With the game tied 14-all at the half, Hoggard used a 7-0 run to start the third quarter thanks to Bagley’s third three-ball, followed by back-to-back buckets in the paint by Frye. Miller responded with three converted attempts from the free throw line in addition to a steal and lay-in just before the buzzer to cut the Bucs’ deficit to 23-20 headed into the final eight minutes of regulation. Robert Wilkerson hit a baseline jumper for Hoggard during Laney’s spurt to keep it a two-possession game.
The Bucs outscored Hoggard 12-9 during the fourth quarter, which included a three-pointer from John to put Laney in front 31-30 with 1:16 left in the period.
Frye also chipped in with 14 points for Hoggard, who improved to 4-2 in conference and 11-7 overall. Laney fell to 3-3 in league play and 9-9 on the year.
West Brunswick 62 Ashley 51
Ty Hill dropped 30 points and dished five assists to lead West Brunswick in a 62-51 victory at home against Ashley on Friday.
The Trojans led by four after the first quarter, while Hill drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to give West Brunswick a 38-35 edge at the break.
Brandyn Parker added eight points for the Trojans, who moved to 5-1 in league play and 12-4 overall. Ashley dropped to 2-4 in league play and 8-9 overall.
Topsail 51 South Brunswick 46
Northside 82 North Brunswick 62