Hubbard Dominates Fitch

Bill Heath, Senior Sports Editor

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As a basketball player, when you’re hot, you know it.  It feels like no matter where you are on the court, when that ball leaves your fingertips and sails towards the basket, you know it’s going in.  Personally, I’ve watched this happen to #15. Jordan Thomson in practice and games for the last three years. 
On Friday, December 14th, Thomson gave his usual stellar performance, scoring 18 points along with two three-pointers, which led Hubbard to a 52-44 victory over Austintown Fitch, previously 2-1.  The Eagles outscored Fitch 13-2 in the first quarter, and never really looked back.  Austintown struggled with three-pointers all season, and Hubbard implemented a stifling zone defense to force them to make three’s.  It worked.  Fitch finished with four three-pointers, but shot them almost every possession.  This is why they were held to 2 and 5 points in the first and third quarters.  Hubbard came through in the clutch, also. 
With Fitch mounting a fourth quarter comeback, Senior Captain Gregg Santullo, #35,  made a basket and drew a foul, crushing Fitch momentum.  Hubbard, notoriously poor at free throw shooting in past years, got it done at the line, with seniors Aaron Loveless, #2, and Larry Minotti, #20, going a combined 8-8 to seal the victory. 
The JV Basketball team fell to 1-2, losing 40-29.  Hubbard was led by Adam Hammond with 12 points. 
Come see your Eagles in action this Tuesday and Friday at home against Brookfield and Struthers.
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