HAMPTON — Rematches are everything in basketball on the high school level, teams that win one are often challenged to win a second time.
It was another overtime game Saturday night for the Dutchtown Bulldogs and Eagle’s Landing, but the difference this time, was all in Kameron Hobbs’ ability to find holes and make finesse touches around the rim to gather momentum.
Trying to limit the damage the whole team can do often leaves holes on the floor, holes that Hobbs exploited. Hobbs scored 36 points in the victory over the Golden Eagles, but he didn’t become a presence until the second quarter.
Dutchtown set a tone from the outset, using a deep shooting approach. The Bulldogs had to find their own way to the hoop and Hobbs, Cameron Bryant and Jamaine Mann found it on back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers.
It led to the zone defense Eagle’s Landing ran around the hoop to fall into Dutchtown’s pace.
Even so, the Golden Eagles fought back in their own way in the first quarter to tie and eventually take the lead.
But it wouldn’t be for long, as Dutchtown left the first quarter up 20-19.
In the second, Hobbs heated up and Eagle’s Landing ultimately cooled down. For Dutchtown, the second quarter was all Hobbs. After scoring just three points in the first, Hobbs became an offensive catalyst scoring 15 of the 25 team points in the second quarter.
But Eagle’s Landing adjusted.
The game began to get intense in the second half as the Golden Eagles heated up with David Thomas leading the team’s efforts. But it was still unclear how the game would end.
While the 63-49 game looked to be a write-off, Eagle’s Landing began to make a comeback. Thrash ignited the offense, and both sides ultimately deadlocked. The game was anew once more.
This time, four players began the overtime period with four fouls apiece. Lamar of Eagle’s Landing had four fouls but Dutchtown was faced with four fouls on Bryant, Mann and Isaiah Placide.
The offense ultimately died out on itself for the Golden Eagles, and a part of it was due to a foul on Lamar that sent him to the bench. But the Bulldogs rode Hobbs’ hot hand to ice the game.
“Thought it was another great atmosphere against a great team. Coach (Elliott) Montgomery and his staff are doing a great job with those guys,” Dutchtown head coach Jordan Griffin said after the game. “Tonight, I thought my guys were locked in and ready to play in a big time region game. Proud of the seniors and all they have put in this season. We had an opportunity to quit, and this team keeps fighting and finding a way to win. Hats off to Eagle’s Landing; they are going to be a force to deal with come postseason. I’m proud to be the coach here at Dutchtown.”