OPP FIGHTS TO THE FINISH: Bobcats split games with Kinston Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Opp Bobcats put up a solid fight on Friday night in Opp as they split varsity contest with the Kinston Bulldogs.


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In the final game of the evening, the Bobcats used a big second half to knock off the Bulldogs 58-55.

Both teams struggled to find a bucket in the opening minutes, but Opp’s Caleb Hinton put the Bobcats up 1-0 after hitting a free throw with 5:45 left in the first period.

Kinston then got a pair of free throws to take a 2-1 lead.

Opp followed with a big 3-pointer from Ethan Baker that put the Bobcats back on top.

The lead changed hands again when Kinston got a 3-pointer and went up 5-4.

A few minutes later, Hinton soared up for an offensive rebound and put the ball back in to leave the Bobcats down 7-6.

Opp’s Shawn Tillis then buried a 3-pointer to put Opp up 9-7.

Kinston continued to battle and a 3-pointer near the end of the period gave the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead heading into the second period.

The Bulldogs got a free throw to start the second period before Opp’s Bryan Matthews got a basket to cut the Kinston lead down to 13-11.

Following a Kinston layup, Opp’s Erik Matthews got back-to-back scores to tie the game 15-15 with 3:27 left before halftime.

Kinston grabbed the lead back for a brief moment before another bucket from E. Matthews tied the game 17-17.

E. Matthews then got a steal on the inbound pass and tossed the rock to B. Matthews who dropped it in for a layup to put the Bobcats on top 19-17 with 1:03 left before halftime.

The Bobcats continued to surge with a bucket from Reid Josey and then a 3-pointer at the buzzer from B. Matthews gave Opp a 24-19 lead going into halftime.

Opp opened up the third period with a quick bucket from Hinton and the a 3-pointer from Baker put the Bobcats on top 29-19.

Opp’s Javontea Crittenden then hit a free throw to give the Bobcats a 30-19 advantage.

Kinston responded with a score, but Opp answered right back with a layup from Crittenden.

Crittended continued to play the hot hand as he drained a 3-pointer to give the Bobcats a 35-21 lead.

After another score from Kinston, Opp’s Baker came up with a steal and turned into a layup.

Moments later, Baker got the ball back, pump faked a Kinston defender and dropped in another layup to lift the Bobcats to a 39-24 lead.

Kinston the went on a mini streak and cut the Bobcat lead back down to 10 points.

Kinston then got another 3-pointer to cut the Bobcat lead down to nine points.

With the clock running out on the period, B. Matthews fired up and hit his second buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put the Bobcats on top 44-32 heading into the final period.

Opp opened the fourth period with a free throw from B. Matthews to put Opp up 45-34.

Kinston then went on run as the cut the Bobcats’ lead down to 45-41 early in the final frame.

Opp then stretched the lead back out a bit with a layup from Crittenden and then a pair of free throws from Baker.

Lane Ballard got an offensive rebound and put it back in for a score to give the Bobcats a 51-43 lead.

The Bobcats pushed the lead back up to 10 points when E. Matthews dropped in a layup.

Kinston wasn’t going to go away with a fight as they began to dig back into the Bobcat lead late in the fourth period.

The Bulldogs managed to cut the Bobcat lead down to 54-51 with just 23 seconds left in the game.

Opp then got solid free throw shooting from B. Matthews and Baker to give the Bobcats a 58-53 victory.

Baker led the Bobcats with 14 points.

B. Matthews and E. Matthews each finished the game with 13 points for the Bobcats.



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In the opening varsity game, the Lady Bulldogs came out on fire as they cruised to a 48-22 victory over the Lady Bobcats.

Kinston opened the game almost exclusively shooting from 3-point land, and they weren’t missing many of their shots.

The Lady Bulldogs knocked down seven 3-pointers in the opening frame as they built a 23-7 lead heading into the second period.

Kinston’s Kasady Cardwell accounted from four 3-pointers in the first period.

Emilee Patterson had two 3-pointers and Addison Musgrove tacked on one 3-pointer.

After mounting a huge first period lead, the Lady Bulldogs backed off and didn’t hit another 3-pointer for the remainder of the game.

Faith Bess led the Lady Bobcats with five points.

Addie Jacobs, Nykie Bell and Taniyah Thompson each had four points for Opp.