Since the new boys’ basketball coaches were named at Claiborne and Hancock High Schools fans were anxious to see two good friends coach against each other. Evan McCoy brought his Indians into Claiborne County looking to keep their good start alive with a big win over the Bulldogs. Brian O’Dell had his Bulldogs ready in spite of his team alternating good and bad games to start the 2016-17 basketball season. The Bulldogs were delighted to finally play a meaningful game on their own and newly reworked floor. The Bulldogs used a strong second period to effectively win the game 22-8.
During the opening period the Bulldogs were led by Ty Stone who placed four points on the scoreboard and played some high flying defense. Hancock won the first period 9-8.
Claiborne had a strong second period and one that opened the game up somewhat. As a team effort the Bulldogs placed 22 on the board led by Even Ickes with five points. They held Hancock to eight points.
During the halftime break, McCoy made adjustments and his team stayed with the Bulldogs during the third period and only lost the period by two points at 16-14.
Houston Hatfield was the scoring machine during the third period as he dropped in 11 points.
Hancock won the final period by one point 11-10 as they tried as hard as they could to make a comeback but that second period allowed the Bulldogs to take the victory.
Hatfield led the Bulldogs with 19 while Stone finished with 13 points. Hunter Rosenbalm had a great game defensively and was able to score six points while on the offensive end of the court. Ickes and Elijah Beason finished with five points and Andrew Coots made an impact off the bench at much needed times finishing the game with four points. Jacob Williams and Jake Runions both scored two each to complete the total.
Note: There was a single point difference in the book total for CHS than on the scoreboard.
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