Hokes Bluff boys knock off Gaston

Hokes Bluff’s Boone Tidmore tries to break past Gaston’s Shai Ogles (23) and Trevion Rooks (5) as Hokes Bluff’s Jake Ingram runs behind during Thursday night’s game at Gaston. (Photo by Sarah Dudik | Gadsden Times)

The Hokes Bluff Eagles beat the Gaston Bulldogs 51-39 Thursday night in boys high school basketball.

The Eagles leaned on the frontcourt duo of Luke Jenkins and Isaac King against the Bulldogs, in the game played at Gaston.  Jenkins, a 6-foot-3 senior, and King, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, finished with 12 points apiece to lead the Hokes Bluff scoring effort.

“We thought we had a size advantage on the inside and wanted to try to take advantage of that,” Hokes Bluff coach Greg Watkins said. “We didn’t always do it great, but we wanted to get it inside.”

Hokes Bluff gained momentum in the first period, taking a 15-6 lead. Gaston trimmed the lead to 23-21 at the half, and Hokes Bluff went to the fourth ahead 36-30.

Shai Ogles scored 14 points to lead the Bulldog offense, while Jackson Bogle scored 11.

Hokes Bluff improved to 4-2 on the year. Watkins said he was pleased with his team’s play, but saw plenty of room for improvement as the year moves forward.

“Defensively, we’ve been OK at times,” Watkins said. “We’ve still got some things we have to do better. We’re still turning it over too much and have too many unforced turnovers. It’s just a matter of execution. Our effort hasn’t been a problem, though.”

Gaston fell to 2-3 overall and will visit Coosa Christian tonight. Hokes Bluff will host Glencoe tonight.