By Tim Chambers
JOHNSON CITY—Hampton sped through University High’s defense like a fined tuned “Harley” during the first half on Friday night.
Over the final two frames, they sputtered like a “Moped” — but had plenty enough in the tank to hold off the pesky Junior Bucs. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs won 67-51 inside of Brooks Gymnasium after building a 47-24 halftime lead.
Hampton’s performance was a mixed bag, according to their head coach Ned Smith.
“We took the open look and went to the glass in the first half,” said Smith. “I was very pleased with our defense. We got a lot of put-backs and they all played together. But we didn’t come out with any intensity at all in the second half. We talked about playing well for the first three minutes but instead we took the first six minutes off. We took several bad shots and that’s disappointing. UH made some big shots and got back in the game.”