Mauldin made 11 3-pointers Tuesday night, but the Mavericks couldn’t match Wade Hampton’s strength inside, nor the Generals’ prowess at the free-throw line.
The result was Wade Hampton’s 77-67 victory over visiting Mauldin in a Region 2-AAAA boys basketball game at John Ross Gymnasium.
Mauldin trailed by 16 points in the fourth quarter, but with three 3-pointers by C.J. Thomas, two by Michael Holmes and another by Taz Richardson, the Mavericks pulled to within 67-61 with 1:49 remaining.
However, Wade Hampton (10-7, 4-3) was on a tear at the free-throw line. Six different Generals combined to make 19 of 21 in the fourth quarter. In all they made 27 of 32.
Mauldin built a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but Wade Hampton came back behind post players Max Bickley, a 6-foot-2 senior who scored 17 points, and Jalen Williams, a 6-6 sophomore who scored 19.
“Max just puts his head down, moves around, attacks the basket, posts up and moves quick,” Wade Hampton coach Darryl Nance said. “Now Jalen’s starting to come into his own a little bit. He’s played well the last couple games. He’s doing a much better job of being aggressive and taking advantage of his size.”
“We didn’t really have anybody with his kind of weight to push him out, so he did a good job of getting rebounds,” said Mauldin assistant Isaiah Fowler, who coached the Mavericks in place of Jeff Harrelson, who was battling the flu.
“If we could have rebounded a little better, I think we could have stayed in it. But they played hard, so I’m happy.”
Holmes finished with 20 points and Thomas with 19 for Mauldin (4-13, 2-5).
* Rebecca Spry and Emma Winiski each made three 3-pointers, and Wade Hampton registered a 60-42 victory in the girls game.
“I didn’t realize till after the game that we were 7 of 10 from behind the 3-point line,” Generals coach Eric Burrow said. “It seemed like they were kind of timely threes as well.”
Winiski made two during a 10-2 run that gave Wade Hampton a 30-22 halftime lead. Then the Generals made three 3-pointers while opening up a 44-31 third-quarter lead.
“It was a good team defensive effort tonight,” Burrow said. “The girls played hard, they listened and it helps when you’ve got good character kids and talented kids.”
Marilyn Malphrus scored 12 points and Spry 11 for the Generals (15-2, 6-1).
Kentra Washington and Caitland Considine each scored 11 points for Mauldin (8-8, 4-3).