WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–The Hoggard boys basketball team revenged a loss to the Laney Buccaneers on Friday night. On January 11th Laney beat Hoggard 63-62, but the Vikings held off the Bucs 45-41 last Friday. The win earned this weeks Full Court Press Team of the Week.
Hoggard had a slow start to the season as they went 4-4 in their first eight games. Since that point the Vikings have been dominant losing just two games in the past month and half. The win over Ashley on Tuesday improved Hoggard’s record to 10-1 in the Mideastern conference and put them in the drivers seat for the league title.
“It was a great win for us. It put us in first place, but we’ve still got tough league games left to go. If we keep winning nobody can catch us, but we got a challenge ahead of us each night in this league,”said Hoggard head coach Brett Queen.
The last time the Vikings lost was back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Seventy-First. The game was close in the first quarter, but ended up losing by 28 points. That loss sparked the Hoggard run, they have now won four straight. That can be credited to them believing in one another.
“We didn’t play well that night. So, it was really a wake up call. Guys in the locker room have stepped up and we’ve been doing well so far,”said Hoggard junior Jackson Massey.
It took awhile for the Vikings to find their stride both on and off the court, but it seems things are starting to click at the right time.
“At the beginning of the season we struggled a lot. Then later throughout the year, we found our chemistry. We trust more in our teammates and it comes out when we play good,”said Viking junior Cameron Blanks.
Hoggard’s remaining schedule isn’t easy, with road trips to West Brunswick and New Hanover left to go in the season. The win over Laney still proves to be a huge victory for the Vikings. It gives them a one game lead in the MEC standings, with two weeks left to go in the regular season, which means they control their own destiny.
“We have got to keep doing what we’ve done a good job of all year long and that’s playing good defense. If we can do those things, then we will go a long way towards helping ourselves to be successful. Night in and night out,”said Queen.
The Hoggard boys basketball team will look to make it five straight wins on Friday night when they host South Brunswick with a 7:30 P.M. tip-off.