Shots don't fall for Hoboes

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM.

The poor shooting by the Hoboes was compounded by numerous turnovers that led to easy Royal baskets as Jay jumped took the lead a 4-2 and never looked back.

Max Smith gave the Hoboes a quick 2-0 lead off the opening tip. The Royals tied the game on a Marshal Thomas score that started a 13-0 Jay run.

Lane Strickland scored for Laurel Hill (2-4) to stop the Jay run/ The teams traded baskets throughout the remainder of the first quarter, but the Hoboes were unable to cut into the Royal lead as the turnovers and poor shooting plagued Laurel Hill.

“We are having way too many turnovers,” Zessin said. “Our turnover ratio is way too high. We’ve got to cut those down.”

Jay led 33-18 at the half and seemingly had the game well in control.

The Hoboes came out strong in the third quarter scoring six quick points to shave the Royal lead to 33-24. Smith sparked the rally with a pair of baskets around a score by Tanner McQuaig.

Smith’s second basket came with 5:52 left in the third quarter and it was another four-and-a-half minutes before Laurel Hill scored again. By the time Josh Phillips scored a Hobo basket with 1:28 left in the period the Royals were up 41-26.

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