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Panthers shellack Hobbton, 67-22

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KENLY —  The North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team continued to rebound, posting its second decisive win of the week by a 67-22 count against 1-A visitor Hobbton on Friday night.

The Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference were coming off a 64-32 triumph against winless (0-6) Lakewood on Tuesday.

North Johnston (3-2) also beat Rosewood in a rescheduled game on Saturday, 57-43. The Panthers opened the year with back-to-back losses to 1-A county rival Princeton.

North Johnston head coach Chris Batten credited the wins to the team’s defense stepping up.

“Defensively, we’re just a better basketball team than we’ve been in the past few years,” Batten said. “That’s the difference tonight to me. We just played hard-nosed, aggressive defense.

The defense turned into offense as four Panthers scored in double digits against the Wildcats.

Emmanuel Howell paced the Panthers with 14 points. Luke York tossed in 11 points, while Daylan Hinnant and Savon Foye netted 10 each. Justin Vann had nine points.

HOBBTON (22)

Holliday 4, Britt 8, Martinez 3, Weeks 2, Robinson 2, Pearsall 2, Corbett 1.

NORTH JOHNSTON (67)

Howell 14, York 11, Hinnant 10, Foye 10, Vann 9, Lucas 4, Rodrigues 4, Wallace 2, Moore 2, Watson.

Score by quarters:

Hobbton4468—22

North Johnston2325910—67

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