Junior Cyclones defeat feisty Hampton
By Ivan Sanders


   T.A. Dugger brought the horses and Hampton brought the 'Dogs for what turned into a wild frolic on the hardwood, with the Jr. Cyclones taking two from the visiting Bulldogs in seventh and eighth-grade boys action at T.A. Dugger Junior High on Tuesday evening.
   In eighth-grade action, T.A. Dugger ran out to a quick 10-2 advantage after the first period buzzer. The Jr. 'Dogs shook off their first-quarter jitters and made TAD work for everything it got in the second period as Hampton actually outscored the home team 8-7 to cut the lead to seven, 17-10, at intermission.
   Austin Taylor was high man for the Jr. Cyclones in the half as he pumped in seven points to pace TAD. Travis Bishop collected four points and Josh Guinn netted three in aiding the Jr. Cyclones efforts.
   Jarred Irick showed the way for Hampton in the first half of action as he scored four, including a trey. Dustin Jaynes and Adam Townsend added three points and two points, respectively.
   "I told the guys before the game we had to quit using excuses about injuries and youth, and just go out and take the fight to somebody," said Hampton coach Leon Tolley. "I am really tickled because this is really the best we played all year."
   The Jr. 'Clones appeared to lose their composure somewhat in the third as the Jr. 'Dogs actually pulled within four at 22-18 with 1:46 left in the period. TAD was able to put only two more on the board before the quarter expired, leaving the Jr. 'Clones clinging to a six-point lead entering the fourth and final period.
   In the fourth, TAD was finally able to go on a 4-0 run to get a little breathing room at 28-20 with 3:35 left in the game.
   It was a typical Leon Tolley-coached squad as the 'Dogs kept scrapping away at TAD in typical Bulldog fashion as they fought to the final horn, but hit a slightly cold scoring spell as the Jr. Cyclones finally managed to close out Hampton by a 34-27 score.
   Jaynes collected high-scorer honors for Hampton with 10 while Taylor finished with nine for TAD.
   Townsend and Stacy Honeycutt finished with five each for Hampton, with Irick's four points and Bobby James three closing out the offense for Hampton.
   Bishop followed Taylor with eight points while Brian Jenkins and Guinn adding five apiece. Preston Smith, Bo Carter and Brent Shaffer pitched in with two points each and Ryan Greene closed out the tally sheet with one point for TAD.
   "It really was an ugly win," said Jr. 'Clone coach Ryan Witten, who was filling in for head coach James Jacobs. "Hampton had some quick guards out there and their defense really was tough, causing us not to take care of the ball like we should have."
   Hampton 7th 25
   T.A. Dugger 7th 33
   In the opener, it was another barn-burner as the Jr. Cyclone 7th graders managed to hold off a feisty bunch of Bulldogs in recording the eight-point victory.
   Jake Peters turned the heat up in the third quarter as the young man pumped in seven points to extend the TAD edge to 29-21 after three complete. The Jr. Cyclones struggled with shutting down Hampton's ace, Bobby Jones, as the 'Dog led all scorers by tallying 17 big points in the contest.
   Jonathan Scalf added four points, with Justin Bentley and Lucas Andrews contributing with two each. Bentley also had an outstanding night defensively, collecting several boards and blocking four shots.
   For TAD, Peters paced the winners with nine points while Ryan Greene and Wes Anderson were contributing factors, adding seven points and six points, respectively. Wendall Loving netted four followed by Brent Thomas with three points, with Jordan Coleman and Ryan Birchfield tickling the twine for two points each.
   Thomas matched Bentley defensively as the lanky post for TAD swatted four shots off the hands of the Bulldog shooters.