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Bentley's career-high effort paces 'Dogs past HV

Douglas Fritz • Jan 5, 2019 at 10:26 PM

HAMPTON — There was a runaway train up Hampton way, and Happy Valley was tied to the tracks.

The Bulldogs blazed the nets for 27 first-quarter points and never looked back in a 68-31 Carter County mercy-rule whipping Saturday night at White-Van Huss Gym.

Along the way, Jordan Bentley turned in a career-high 25-point effort. He said he was happy about the way the Bulldogs shared the basketball.

“I love it,” said Bentley. “We’ve been playing since middle school. I loved the ball movement, and I love getting my teammates open as well.”

Hampton improved to 12-6 on the season.

STARTING FAST

Hampton didn’t give the Warriors a chance to get settled, earning a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter.

“I thought they came really ready to play,” said Hampton head coach Ned Smith. “I thought they shared the ball, and our defense turned into some really good offense.”

Mitchell Tolley and Bentley were particularly problematic for Happy Valley. They combined for three treys and 20 first-quarter points.

Bentley said he felt like it was going to be a good night.

“I just got my shots down early in the game,” he said. “I’ve been working on it really well, so I felt I was going to do good tonight.”

Garrett Vines led Hampton with six assists while Conor Jones had four and Izaak Hill added three. Bentley led the way with six rebounds.

WARRIORS STORY

Happy Valley actually slowed the onslaught in the second quarter, holding Hampton to 10 points. But the ‘Dogs cool-down didn’t help as the Warriors managed only three points themselves in the second period.

Leading the way for Happy Valley (3-12) was Bryce Carter, who battled throughout the game despite the deficit and finished with 15 points.

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