Cee-Bees Rain On Hornets’ Parade, 71-58
Hundred shot 22 free throws in the opening half, but only managed eight in the second half, while Clay-Battelle shot three in the first half and 20 in the second half, and went on to win, 71-58, on the Hornets’ Senior Night, Feb. 18, inside the Hornets Nest.
The Hornets Nest was buzzing with excitement as the past 1,000-point career scorers came back to visit their alma mater, and playing rival Cee-Bees was a bonus.
Clay-Battelle raced out to a modest four-point lead only to see it evaporate just as quickly. But, a two-point Hundred advantage quickly became a Cee-Bee six-point advantage after four consecutive Clay-Battelle baskets off a pair of Hundred turnovers.
However, the Hundred fans got serious and ignited the Hornets’ play that helped engineer a rally to head into the second quarter up 13-12. King led the way offensively, scoring five of his seven points from the free-throw line. The Hornets went to the hole in the second stanza for the biggest part and got the Cee-Bees in foul trouble, while Moore and King paced the Hundred attack with 11 and five points, respectively to push the Hundred advantage to 35-32 at the break.
During intermission, 10 of the 16 Hundred 1,000 point career-scorers were on hand, including the very first to achieve the century mark, Chris Gorby, and the last one in Holden Moore, who joined the prestigious group last week.
In the third period, the Hornets’ Danny Stewart caught fire and scored nine of their 16 points, while the Cee-Bees’ Jaret Hockenberry and Gunner Brummage started to heat up, netted 12 of their teams 17 points to cut the Hundred lead to 51-49 with eight minutes remaining.
The Hornets went to the line 22 times, making 14 in the first half, while the Cee-Bees sank two of their three opportunities. However, Clay-Battelle quickly turned the tables in the second half, cashing in on 9 of 20, while Hundred netted 2 of 8 that proved to be the the difference.
Moore and King paced the disappointed Hornets with 11 points each, while Stewart followed with 15 points, including one from downtown. In addition, Danny Kolat sank three baskets, while grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds and four blocks. Joe Mars returned to the lineup after a few weeks off because of a concussion, scoring three points and hauled in nine boards.
Hockenberry paced the Cee-Bees with a game-high 25 points, while Brummage netted 17 and Cody Wilson 10 points.