PREP BASKETBALL: Raiders blast West Morgan, R.A. Hubbard on the road

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The Good Hope Raiders defeated R.A. Hubbard and West Morgan on the road Wednesday. (Sammy Confer for the The Cullman Tribune)

TRINITY, Ala. — After collecting three summer victories at Hartselle on Tuesday, Good Hope played in a pair of games at West Morgan on Wednesday. The Raiders rolled past the Rebels 78-53 in game one and in game two, they took care of R.A. Hubbard 64-44.

Good Hope 78 – West Morgan 53

Good Hope couldn’t have asked for a better start to start in this contest. The Raiders jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead before a 7-0 run increased their lead to 19-6. Good Hope continued to get baskets down low and West Morgan didn’t have an answer as the Raiders had three players score in the double-figures in the first half. Michael Lowe (13), Drew Maddox (12) and Cole Maddox (10) led the way as Good Hope took a 42-23 lead into the break.

The second half was more of the same as the Raiders continued to attack down low and get some easy baskets. They got some good contributions from their bench as well and pulled away to take the game 78-53.

Michael Lowe led the way for Good Hope with 21 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals. Cole Maddox finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, a steal and a pair of assists. Drew Maddox ended up with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals and Michael Owens added nine points and two rebounds.

Good Hope 64 – R.A. Hubbard 44 

R.A. Hubbard jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead but after a 3-pointer gave the Chiefs a 12-10 advantage, a Drew Maddox trey helped jump-start a 13-0 run by Good Hope that allowed the Raiders to push their lead to double-figures at 23-12. The Raiders finished the quarter strong when Dawson Turner nailed a pair of treys and Michael Lowe hit a pair of short-range shots that made it a 33-19 game at the half.

Turner pushed the Raider lead to 39-21 with back-to-back threes, but the Chiefs started to cut into Good Hope’s lead after an 8-2 run made it a 41-29 game. A 10-0 Raider run helped put the brakes on R.A. Hubbard’s comeback and they pushed the lead to 51-29, allowing Good Hope to pull away and win it 64-44.

Lowe had another great game as he ended up with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Turner hit five shots from deep to finish with 15 points, three rebounds and a steal while Drew Maddox added 10 points, three rebounds and five steals. Tanner Malin chipped in with eight points, three rebounds and three steals and Cole Maddox finished with seven points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Eli Phares added five points, seven rebounds and a steal and Colton Williams and Harper Chiaranda each added two points.

The Raiders will travel to Guntersville on Thursday for their next summer games to take on Fyffe at 10 a.m. and Wilson at noon.

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