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January 16, 2010

Wills: Coming together

Wortham’s win over No. 16 Hubbard an eye opener

Every Friday night around 10 or so my Blackberry starts pinging, which means only one thing.

Basketball scores.

There was one this Friday night that kind of stunned me.

Wortham 90, Hubbbard 66.

Not because Wortham won mind you. An area coach had told me early in the season to be on the lookout for the Bulldogs, calling them the most underrated team in the Golden Circle.

It was more the margin of victory — 24 points.

If you haven’t been paying attention to what Hubbard has been doing this season, here’s a refresher course. The Jaguars have been playing great under first-year coach Brian Coffman. Hubbard started the week as the No. 16 team in Class 1A.

Wortham was an afterthought at the Kiwanis Classic, mainly because the Bulldogs opened the tournament against eventual champion Kerens. Wortham beat the Teague junior varsity to win seventh place in the tournament.

Not to mention Wortham plays in a district with four ranked teams — Cayuga is No. 1 in Class 1A Division 1, Hubbard No. 16, LaPoyner No. 19 and Dawson No. 24.

(LaPoyner beat Dawson on Friday night, 71-54).

So the Bulldogs kind of flew under the radar until Friday’s win against Hubbard, kind of like their football team did.

Not anymore.

The Bulldogs are dangerous in basketball like they were in football because of Jake Jones, who lit up Hubbard for 30 points.

But there’s much, much more there. Brandon Lansford is capable of big scoring nights. He had 18 points against Hubbard.

Cooper Warren can put up points. He had 17 against the Jags.

All three were on fire Friday night.

As Brandon’s mother Jennifer, who you might notice shoots some great photos for us, said in an e-mail last night, “

I’ve never seen so many ‘Michael Jordan wannabe’ shots made.”

When you score 90 points in a high school game, I don’t care how fast paced the game is going, you’re making a lot of shots.

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