The Hampton boys basketball team was unable to extend their season on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs were unable to recover from an early deficit in a 70-61 loss to District 2-A top seed Cosby in the Region 1-A Quarterfinals in Cosby. The loss ends Hampton’s season with a 21-12 mark.


Hampton found themselves in an early hole.

Morgan Lyons and Jordan Bentley hit early shots for Hampton in the first quarter, but Austin McKeehan and Troy Jackson powered Cosby to a 22-9 lead after eight minutes of play.

After the Eagles pushed the lead to 16, the Bulldogs hit three straight shots to close the gap to 10 points. Cosby, however, used a late 3-pointer to push the advantage back to 38-25 at the break.

In the third quarter quarter, Hampton saw Cosby push the lead out to 22 points before the Bulldogs used points from Izack Hill and Connor Jones to trim the lead to 16 points going to the fourth quarter.

The final quarter saw Hampton pull as close as 12 points in the early going. HHS continued to get timely shots from Jones and Hill as a late run closed the gap to nine points. However, that was as close as Hampton could get it.

Hill led Hampton with 16 points. Bentley finished with 14 points, while Jones added 12 points to the Hampton cause.

Johnson led all scorers as he had 19 for the Eagles. McKeehan and Bradin Shaffin had 14 and 13 points, respectively.


Photos courtesy of Seth Butler/Newport Plain Talk