Federal Hocking Breaks Down During Fourth Quarter

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After being outscored 20-10 in the fourth and failing to execute its game plan, Federal Hocking fell to Miller in 59-50 deficit.

Senior guard A.J. Cobb exploded out of the half with five quick points and a steal to give the Lancers momentum and the lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, a failure to box out after missed shots lead to the Lancers falling behind.

“We got satisfied with the three point lead,” Federal Hocking head coach Jaime Justus explained. “We didn’t play as tough as we needed to down the stretch.”

One Miller man in particular came alive on offense towards the end of the game. Sophomore center Seattle Compston had 10 of his 20 points as well as four offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter.

Compston capitalized on the Lancers lack of awareness. Rather than finding a man to box out, Federal Hocking ball watched. It ultimately resulted in the Falcons getting two or three shots per possession.

“We needed to get stops and we weren’t getting them,” Justus said. “We weren’t getting loose balls. They were getting three, four, five looks at the bucket and a good team like Miller will convert on those.”

Miller also adjusted on defense in the fourth quarter, and Federal Hocking had trouble adapting. Fed Hock made three field goal attempts and turned the ball over seven times down the stretch.

This stretch overshadowed an 18-point performance by junior guard Jared Hawk. Hawk caught fire and maintained accurate shooting, going 7 for 9 from the field and 4 for 5 from behind the arc.

Federal Hocking looks to rebound Friday, Jan. 15 when it travels to face Southern (1-11).