Despite losing the coin flip for No. 1 seed rights, Good Hope flexed their muscles early and often on their way to a dominating 86-58 win over Hanceville. The first round area win sends the Raiders on to the area championship, where they will face off against Oneonta, while Hanceville’s once promising season ends in disappointment.

Much like the second bout in Lane Horton Gymnasium Good Hope came out of the gates blazing, led by none other than Tanner Malin. He scorched the net in the opening period, knocking down three treys on his way to 11 points in the first quarter. Hanceville had no answer and found themselves down 27-10 going into the second. 

Good Hope’s Noah Barnette popped off 9 second quarter points, going 5 for 8 from the line to to hold off Hanceville’s Zach Campbell and Brayden Harris. The dynamic duo combined for 16 points in the second period, and 22 of their teams 27 first half points. A chaotic close to the first half allowed Hanceville to scratch back to a manageable 46-30 at the break.

A strong push by the Bulldogs to open the second half cut it close, but ultimately they ran out of gas as Colton Lindsey scored 8 of their 26 third quarter points. A late run by Good Hope gave them a 72-50 cushion and that run continued in the fourth as Good Hope cruised to the 86-58 win. 

Malin finished with 21, while Barnette added 15. Lindsey chipped in 13 and Kmal Bell steadily scored his way to 14. Harris and Campbell each scored 14 for Hanceville. 

Head coach Drew Adams had this to say on his team’s big win and hot streak, “We just have to continue to be who we are. Our guys have really defended well the last 10 games or so and have been very unselfish offensively. But all that matters now is the next game up. We’ll continue to work to get better.” 

Good Hope has won 12 straight games, and are playing their best basketball, exactly what you want to have come February. They will face on Oneonta for part 3 for an area title on the line. The win would not only grab some more hardware for the season, but allow them to host sub-region and draw the loser of the cross area championship. 

Hanceville, who once sat at 14-3 and controlled their own destiny in the area, may have ended the season losing 8 of their last 10, but they have a core that will be returning hungrier than ever. Their front court duo Harris and Campbell will be returning for their senior campaigns and if my trips to the aquatic center have taught me anything it’s that Harris will be there putting work in every day. Only losing two seniors, they have a ton of experience returning and will look for revenge next year. 

Until then look for Good Hope to make a deep run into the post season behind Malin and company. That continue Friday at 6pm at Oneonta.