Class A boys: Glencoe knocks off No. 1 Weleetka for title
Hunter Hall hadn't been used as an offensive threat, but he poured in 24 points and had nine rebounds to lead second-ranked Glencoe to a 54-50 win over No. 1 Weleetka.
Watching game tape in the hotel Friday night, Glencoe coach John Lazenby made what turned out to be an accurate prediction.
“I said, ‘You know who’s due for a breakout game? Hunter Hall,’ ” the coach recalled.
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Hall lived out the coach’s words with a game-high 24 points, including a pair of breakaway baskets off crucial steals, as second-ranked Glencoe defeated No. 1 Weleetka 54-50 for the Class A boys basketball state championship Saturday at State Fair Arena.
“Hunter got in the middle of Weleetka’s 3-2 zone and just had a field day,” Lazenby said.
Hall had only 14 total points in the first two state tournament games, but the 6-foot-4 sophomore found his rhythm Saturday, hitting 11 of 19 field goals and grabbing nine rebounds to bring Glencoe its second gold ball in boys basketball, the first coming in 2006.
With three guards who average double-figure points, the Panthers usually don’t turn to Hall as one of their first offensive options. But he was on Saturday.
“Weleetka really spaces the floor out with their zone, so we had the game plan to get it inside,” Hall said. “We really executed the offense pretty well.”
Jake Lazenby scored 12 points for the Panthers (31-1), while Ty Lazenby added 10, including the two clinching free throws with 9.2 seconds left.
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