Local roundup: Hobbton soccer cruises to 2nd win

Triton, Overhills boys hoops pick up victories

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Posted 2/8/21

Monday's local sports slate saw Hobbton boys soccer dominate Lakewood at home, while

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Local roundup: Hobbton soccer cruises to 2nd win

Triton, Overhills boys hoops pick up victories


NEWTON GROVE— Jose Rendon made a near-perfect run down the middle of Lakewood's defense and found a well-placed ball waiting for him.

The Hobbton striker slid a shot into the net to give his team an early lead to make way for the eventual 3-1 home win Monday. 

"This is his third game in a row scoring ... and that's always good, especially when you're playing up top, you want to see the ball go in the back of the net," Hobbton (2-1-1, 2-0 CC) coach Jonathan Jacobs said after notching yet another Carolina 1A Conference victory. 

Minutes later, Danny Soza took advantage of an idle Lakewood defense and snuck a shot past the keeper to take a 2-0 lead.

"Danny has had a rough time, probably just because I'm striving for perfection ... and I think that (goal) is probably going to boost his confidence," Jacobs said. 

Though the Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak in conference play to 41 straight wins, Jacobs still feels his squad is trying to find its footing after being kept away from the usual summer and offseason workouts. 

He says the defense is ahead of the offense to this point in the season, as shown by 74 minutes of shutout play Monday. 

After Jared Sanchez put the Wildcats ahead 3-0 in the later stages of the second half, the Leopards finally cracked the scoreboard with a goal in the 75th minute. 

"I feel like where we are lacking is our fitness. But by the time they've played six games, they should be match-fit," Jacobs said of his club. 

Up next, Hobbton hosts Rosewood Thursday in a matchup featuring the only two undefeated teams in league play to this point.  

Thompson guides Hawks past Union Pines

CAMERON— Dalen Thompson poured in a career-high 28 points, helping Triton basketball overcome a seven-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter and grabbing a 71-66 road win at Union Pines Monday. 

Triton (4-3, 4-1 TCC) now moves into sole possession of second place in the Tri-County 3A Conference, stacking three straight victories in the process. 

Hawks forward Nate McKoy (11 points) and guard Jalen Evans (10 points) joined Thompson in double figures. 

Thompson scored eight straight points in the fourth to help the team gain a 58-55 advantage with just over four minutes left. 

Union Pines (4-3, 3-2 TCC) would get as close as four on an Ahmad Jones basket that made it 65-61. Jones finished with a team-high 21 points to lead the Vikings. 

The Hawks travel to Southern Lee Tuesday in a contest between the conference's two best teams. 

Overhills boys come back to top E.E. Smith

SPRING LAKE— Overhills boys basketball overcame a halftime deficit to take a 57-48 win over E.E. Smith at home Monday. 

The Jags (3-7,  trailed 27-22 at the half, but used a strong third quarter to even it at 37 heading into the final period. 

A 20-point fourth quarter proved enough to pick up a second win in the last three outings.  


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