Hydro-Eakly boys beat Merritt 58-51


Outscores Merritt 20-10 in the fourth quarter


MERRITT - The Hydro-Eakly Bobcats basketball team overcame a slow Saturday night at Merritt, by winning 58-51 to remain unbeaten on the season.

“We started a little slow,” coach Rick Gore said. “However, we closed the game on a 20-10 run in the fourth quarter. We shot really good free throws down the stretch. Nolan Gore and Carson Propps made some big free throws to help seal the deal.”

The fourth quarter was the story of this game as Nolan Gore had a double double, scoring 24 points and having 10 rebounds during the game. In the fourth quarter, Hydro-Eakly went 10-12 from the foul line and Nolan Gore was perfect on free throws, going 7-7. Carson Propps scored 17 points and nabbed 8 rebounds. Cade Berkey scored 11 points and had an assist.

Hydro-Eakly struggled to score early, but picked it up to get back in the game. They trailed at halftime, but were not completely out of the game.

“We had to step up,” Gore said. “We lacked intensity and we told our guys to just play their game and the way they are capable of playing.”

The Bobcats made great plays in the third quarter, but the fourth quarter is where the Bobcats shined and they won the game 58-51. Gore said Nola and Carson played well.

“Nolan started slow, but he and Carson played better, especially in the fourth quarter,” Gore said. “Nolan only scored 2 points in the first half, b he picked it up for us and made some big shots.”

The Bobcats improve to 7-0 going into Christmas Break and return to action, 8 p.m., January 5 at home against Union City.

“We just hope we have games in the second half of the season,” Gore said. “It is had to play in a season like this and we just have to keep working and lifting and hopefully we get lots of games in after Christmas break.”