By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director
WHITE HOUSE – There are nights when the basketball just seems to find the hoop over and over again, and for East Robertson on Friday at White House, it was a case of a game-long hot streak that led to a 70-61 upset victory to even the season series between the two teams.
Long-range threes lit up the first half as Daltyn Hammonds extended the East Robertson lead with 3-of-4 long balls from the corner, along with three more threes combined from Isaiah Hobdy and Darion Shannon. But in the second half, the Indians shifted the game plan and drove the ball inside, with Shannon and freshman Taylor Groves combining for 25 of the team’s final 36 points.
Hobdy’s first basket of the second half was a three and that was the last time East Robertson connected from long range in the game.
White House was led by junior post Durstin Adams with 20 points, after a 35-point effort over the holidays against Hunters Lane. But the Devils were ice cold from long range, making just one three until the final few minutes of the game and by then, it was too little, too late. White House ended the game with five threes, trying to play catch-up in the fourth quarter.
The Indians biggest lead was 34-19 in the second quarter, but a 15-4 run closed the gap to 38-34 in the third.
The Devils made a charge with 4:37 to go, trailing 58-54 when Adams connected inside for a bucket and then White House called timeout and forced a defensive turnover to lead to a big basket, tying the game at 58-58 on a jumper by Octavian Arnold. East Robertson immediately jaunted out to a 6-0 run and put the game away with Groves and Shannon continuing to drive inside. The backbreaker came inside the final two minutes when a defensive confusion allowed a wide open layup by Shannon off an inbounds pass.
Hobdy led the Indians with 21 points, well balanced with 10 in the first half and 11 in the second half, and the Indians did not go to the free-throw line often in a relatively foul-free game. But when East Robertson did, they connected on all five charity tosses, two by Hobdy, two by Shannon and one to complete a three-point play by Groves.
Groves had 19 points and Shannon, a junior, added 19 as well.
Senior Jared Ward had 13 for the Blue Devils, all in the second half, and Arnold added 12 points. Andrew Nixon and Zak Laamal each had six, and Jacob McDonald four.
Hammonds finished with nine for ERHS and Jesse Ayers had two, as only five players scored for the Indians.
White House fell to 11-7 overall, welcoming Westmoreland (2-14) on Tuesday before trips to Greenbrier (8-6) and Harpeth (6-9). East Robertson travels to Kenwood Saturday and the Indians improved to 9-4 overall and won their fourth straight.
White House beat East Robertson 67-56 on December 11th in Cross Plains.