Gordon basket seals Hobo comeback

Laurel Hill boys basketball

Laurel Hill point guard Josh Hartzog goes up for a basket against Rocky Bayou on Friday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 01:42 AM.

LAUREL HILL — In what might have been a symbolic changing of the guard, Laurel Hill School sophomore Cameron Gordon hit a 3-point basket with 19 seconds left in Friday to give the Hoboes a 52-49 win over Rocky Bayou Christian School.

“Cameron Gordon, wow, he came off the bench there at the end and he stepped up,” Hobo Coach Kent Zessin said. “He played JV all year and we just brought him up. He’s one of my better shooters.”

Prior to the game Josh Hartzog, Lane Strickland, Travis Johnson and William Rorech were honored in a Senior Night ceremony.

Rocky Bayou spent the next 32 minutes trying spoil the regular season home finale for the Hobo seniors.

Josh Bryant, Chris Matthews, Josh Preston and Kyle Wilson each scored for Rocky Bayou in the first five minutes of play. The only Laurel Hill points in the first five minutes came on a pair of Strickland free throws as the Knights jumped in front 8-2.

A Strickland dunk with 2:01 left in the quarter cut the Knight lead to 8-4. Laurel Hill (16-8) trailed by at least four points until late in the fourth quarter.

Zessin thought there were a number of factors that contributed to Laurel Hill’s sluggish play including Senior Night and missing several days of practice because of the ice storm.

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