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Junior High Basketball Teams Pick Up Two Wins Over Quaker Valley



It was a successful final road trip of the season for the Hopewell boy’s junior high basketball teams as they were able to pick up two wins over Quaker Valley.

The 8th grade Gold team started things off this afternoon and dominated from the opening tip.

The Vikings picked up their 14 win of the season and it was a game in which the entire roster was able to pick up plenty of playing today.

As far scoring by quarters, Hopewell led 24-5 after the first quarter, 44-9 at halftime, 50-13 after the 3rd quarter, with the final score being 54-17.

Individual scoring for the Vikings:
James Armstrong: 22 points.
Jack Biega: 12 points.
Brody Rock: 8 points.
Tre Cameron: 6 points.
Javion Lindsey: 3 points.
Avery Bokor: 2 points.
Kareem Hairston: 2 points.

In the second game, Coach Mike Gaguzis and the Blue team picked up their second win of the season.

The best way to describe this game is a win is a win, no matter how pretty it was. LOL.

The score after the first quarter was Hopewell 4-0. The first basket came on a Zack Sampson baseline floater. That was followed by a steal by Luke Vukovcan, who got the ball up to Sampson, who finished for a layup. The score could have been a lot higher, but Hopewell had a difficult time finishing a number of shots around the rim.

The second quarter was a lot like the first with a lot of missed opportunities. The only field came on a nice high-low play between Sampson and big man Nykyeron Leonora, who finished. That basketball gave Hopewell a 6-0. For the remaining of the quarter, the Vikings made 3 free throws (Leonora, Sampson and Vukovcan).

The halftime score was Hopewell 9 Quaker Valley 3.

The offense started to get going a bit in the second half. Things started once again with a designed high-low play, this time, Josh Gill with a nice pass to Leonora, who converted the layup. That hoops gave Hopewell an 11-3 lead. Later on in the quarter, it was Leonora again, who converted a shot off the glass. Following that basket, Andrew Arzberger stole the attempted pass, while guarding the inbounder and made the shot while getting fouled. That hoop gave Hopewell a 15-5 lead. Near the end of the quarter, while breaking the press, Gill with a nice bounce pass inside to Arzberger, who finished with the layup. For the second time of the game, Arzberger stole the inbounds pass, this time at midcourt and grabbed the loose ball and dribbled in for another layup.

At the end of the 3rd quarter, Hopewell led by the score of 19-12.

In the final 6 minutes, Sampson grabbed a loose ball, swung it across the top of the key to Gill, who drained a deep 2. Hopewell led by double-digits, 22-12. More defense leading to offense, Leonara with the steal at halfcourt and quickly getting it up to Sampson who knocks down a corner jumper. Hopewell led 26-26. The final basket of the game came on a steal by Leonora, who takes it all the way in for another layup.

Leonora finished with a game-high 11 points, followed by Sampson with 9 points and Arzberger with 6 points.

The Boys junior high teams will have their final game of the season tomorrow at home as they host Montour. Tipoff of the first game will take place at 3:30 pm the Hopewell Junior High School.

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