Hampton freshmen pocket win

from staff reports

   Getting a monster effort on the boards from Jonathan Lyons, Hampton's freshman team recorded its first win of the season on Thursday night, knocking off Sullivan North 64-57.
   Lyons grabbed an astonishing 33 rebounds to go with 16 points as the Bulldogs moved to 1-5 on the season.
   Josh Taylor contributed 14 rebounds and Adam Townsend 11 as Hampton really pounded the boards as a team.
   "We did an excellent job of boxing out on the defensive boards," said Hampton coach Wayne Ellis.
   The pivotal quarter in the game proved to be the first as the Bulldogs outscored the Golden Raiders 15-6.
   North was threatening to overtake the 'Dogs in the final period, trailing by only three with less than two minutes remaining, but Brandon Cole responded with a huge 3-pointer.
   "Outstanding hustle was there tonight," Ellis said of his team's performance. "They gave all they had and that's all I can ask. The hustle came from both sides. It was just a scrappy ballgame. North is a good team -- well-coached. You couldn't have asked for a better effort from both sides."
   Lyons led the 'Dogs in scoring, with Townsend and Michael Guy adding 12 and 10 points, respectively. B.J. Irick chipped in nine.
   Ellis noted that the only negative aspect of the Hampton performance was the number of turnovers committed against a full-court Golden Raider press, which that lasted the entire game, but praised the Bulldog defense.
   "Defensively, we gave a great effort," Ellis said. "I'm very proud of our defensive effort."