Hoboes struggle against Bobcats

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM.

“The last few games he has really struggled,” Bradley said. “He hasn’t been off much. It’s just kind of been in and out for him. But he’s worked hard.

“He came out here tonight and it’s always a big game for him. It’s always been a big game for him to come over here and play. For us to come over here and play like we did tonight was huge for us.”

The first five minutes of the game was everything Laurel Hill and Paxton fans have come to expect from the rivalry.

Lane Strickland scored the first point of the game on a free throw to give Laurel Hill an early 1-0 lead. The Bobcats answered with a basket by Austin Carnley to move in front 2-1.

A Max Smith basket for the Hoboes with 3:33 left in the first quarter tied the game at 8-8. Laurel Hill moved in front 9-8 on a Tommy Calloway free throw. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Geoghagan and Grant Stewart to end the first quarter put the Bobcats in front for good.

Geoghagan’s big night started innocently enough. He did hit a pair of threes as the Bobcats jumped to a 14-9 lead after one quarter of play.

Geoghagan exploded for four more threes in the second quarter and had 20 at the half.

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