After watching Robert Hubbs III struggle through an 11-point outing Wednesday, Dyer County coach Derek McCord wanted to make sure the Tennessee signee got off to a good start in Friday’s semifinal against Siegel.
An alley-oop dunk 21 seconds in did the trick, as Hubbs finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-70 win that put the Choctaws in today’s 2 p.m. championship against Southwind.
“That was an icebreaker,” McCord said. “We knew they’d start in a zone, and Bubba (Markeston Bostic) set a heck of a back screen. And if you get it anywhere close to the rim, he’s going to get it.”
Dyer County (31-3) made the championship game for the first time.
Siegel (29-6) scored 11 straight points to go up 47-46 with a pair of Ryan Jones free throws with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter.
“When we get down, we try not to look at the scoreboard,” said Siegel post player Damien Clark, who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. “We just try to play hard and do what we do, no matter how late it is in the game. We try to trust each other that we’re going to knock down shots.”
Hubbs scored the final five points of the quarter for Dyer County, which went on an 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter.
“We knew we had to relax and play Dyer County basketball,” Hubbs said. “We got up and down the floor and played the way we wanted to play.”
Siegel coach Ben Dotson said of Hubbs: “He got his dunks, he got his plays in transition. He’s a heck of a player. UT got a great one.
“We played hard. It was a good, entertaining game. We gave everybody a good show. We had three or four minutes here or there where we had defensive lapses, mental breakdowns. Other than that, we played with them, gave them all they wanted.”
Jones finished with 13 points for Siegel, which shot 37.7 percent from the field and hit just three of 25 3-point attempts.
Lamarcus Mosely added 12 points for Dyer County.