Hoggard boys sink Pirates; W. Brunswick rallies in second half; Laney tops Ashley in first-round hoops tourney

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No. 2 Hoggard 79    No. 7 Topsail 64

Hoggard cruised to a 79-64 victory over Topsail in the opening round of the Mideastern Conference Tournament at Brunswick Community College on Monday.

A.J. Frye. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams
A.J. Frye. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams

A.J. Frye led all scorers with 22 points and Jack Bagley added 18 as Hoggard took a 46-25 advantage at the break. Xavier Johnson chipped in with nine, while Patrick Morrison scored eight points.

Winners in seven of their last eight, the Vikings moved to 17-8 overall and grabbed a three-game season sweep over the Pirates.

Topsail freshman D.J. Montano held team-high honors with 18 points and Alec Baker had 14 points.

No. 2 Hoggard faces No. 3 West Brunswick in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The two teams each picked up a win on their opponent’s home floor during the regular season. Ty Hill hit a last second buzzer beater to hand Hoggard a 55-54 setback on Jan. 5, but the Vikings returned the favor in a 73-61 result in Shallotte on Jan. 29.


 No. 3 West Brunswick 72    No. 6 South Brunswick 55

After cruising to a pair of wins against their cross-county foes during the regular season, West Brunswick overcame a slow start and used a huge third quarter to break away from South Brunswick in a 72-55 win on Monday.

Josh Woodard scored a team-high 18 points for West Brunswick, who improved to 17-6 overall. Tyler Stanley also had 14 points and Ty Hill put in 11.

Trailing 17-14 after the opening eight minutes of action, the Trojans grabbed a two-point lead at the break and outscored South Brunswick 26-5 during the third quarter to secure a spot in the Mideastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

No. 4 Laney 59   No. 5 Ashley 48

Laney led for most of the way to grab a 59-48 result over Ashley on Monday.

Jordan John.
Jordan John.

With the Bucs in front by two possessions late in the third quarter, senior Jordan John knocked down back-to-back treys over the final 90 seconds of the period to extend Laney’s cushion to double digits.

John finished with a game-high 16 points, while Sherod Sidbury chipped in with 12.

The Bucs held a 12-9 advantage after the opening eight minutes and went up 25-18 at the half. The pair of long range shots by John made it 41-31 after three quarters and Sidbury helped put the finishing touches on the win.

Hunter Cook added nine in the win, while Chris Bennett finished with eight. Ryan Keller scored a team-high 15 points for Ashley. Daitreon Daye also put in 13 points.

The Bucs face top-seeded New Hanover in the Mideastern Conference Tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Semifinals at Brunswick Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 17 

No. 1 New Hanover vs. No. 4 Laney at 6 p.m.

No. 2 Hoggard vs. No. 3 West Brunswick at 7:30 p.m.