Fourth Quarter Collapse Troubles Federal Hocking

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A fourth quarter collapse and senior guard A.J. Cobb fouling out allowed the St. Joe Flyers to comeback and defeat Federal Hocking 63-50.

Federal Hocking held the lead for the first three quarters, but failed to finish strong. The Lancers flew out of the second half gate scoring six straight points to extend their lead to 13, but from there, it was downhill.

Flyer standout Chase Williams, who scored 29 points and secured 11 rebounds, bullied the Lancers in the fourth quarter. He fought for position in the paint scoring with his stronger left hand on the left side almost every bucket.

The Flyers played hard the whole game. They attacked Fed Hock’s interior earning themselves 34 free throw attempts and knocking down 28 of them; St. Joe’s shot 36 shots total.

Weak interior defense has troubled Federal Hocking all season. Athletic guards on teams like Belpre and Southern and dominant big men like those on Trimble and St. Joe’s have exposed this weakness through constant attack all year.

For Cobb, as well as Lancer seniors Ryan Harvey, Carter Russell and Jason Gillian,  played their last high school basketball game Tuesday night.

The No. 8 seeded Flyers face No. 1 seeded Trimble next Tuesday at Meigs High School.