HOSKINS JR. buzzer beater stuns DUNBAR
When the Dunbar Wolverines and the Thurgood Marshall Cougars lace em up for basketball action, you can throw the records out the window.
It's gonna be a all out war to the finish.
It's become a rivalry that is "Unrivaled" in the Miami Valley when it comes to the best rivalries in High School Hoops.
So when it came down to the last minutes of the game, it was no surprise that the game hung in the balance.
Last season? It was A.J. Harris making the plays for Dunbar. This season?
Darnell Hoskins Jr.
D-1 commit Hoskins Jr. hit a acrobatic off balance, fading 3 ball (with 2 defenders running at him, no less) off the backboard as time expired - & the Cougars defeated the Wolverines in epic fashion 51-49 in front of a sold out crowd @ Dunbar HS.
It was his 22nd point of the game, and he was - in one word - brilliant.
Before the 1st half, Hoskins had hit a near half court 3-pointer (that banked in) & he swagged himself and his squad to the locker room with a 28-26 lead.
Despite not having the twin towers yet (Claiborne & Daniels) the Cougars hit the boards hard, pressured the Wolverines relentlessly and made it hard for the State Runner-Ups to get into a flow.
Thurgood held a 8-point lead in the 4th, when Dunbar started to make their run. After a series of free throws, Terrance Landers Jr. hit a huge basket to put the Wolverines up for the 1st time in the half with 11 seconds remaining.
The Dunbar crowd was going beserk. They felt another W, which has been the standard, despite the close games of late between the two teams.
Enter Star PG Hoskins Jr.
Hoskins Jr, who hit key shots all game, was denied the pass and initial shot. However the ball caromed off the front rim and, in a twisted moment of fate, landed in his hands.
In front of the Cougars bench, Hoskins grabbed the ball, and launched a teardrop off the backboard which brung pandemonium to the crowd.
Dunbar team and fans?
Going absolutely nuts.
When asked after the game about "The Shot " Hoskins Jr said:
"I felt like it was our time; were tired of losing to Dunbar. I felt calm and was confident we could get the win."
Cougars (3-6) Coach Darnell Hoskins knows this could catapult them to bigger things.
Dunbar (5-3) was led by Landers Jr, who had 15 points.
Thurgood currently sits atop the City League at 3-1, while Dunbar falls to 2-1 in City League play.
MEADOWDALE cruises by STIVERS
Meadowdale got their 6th win in 7 games as they defeated Stivers 63-44.
The Lions bounced back after losing to Toldeo Scott on Monday. The Lions got balanced scoring and now sit at 7-4 (overall) halfway through the season.
Dynamic combo guard Kameron Suber led the Lions with 17 and Joe Keeble added 13.
Stivers were led by star F Isiah Williams. The Tigers looked a little sluggish after playing back to back games, & too many turnovers and missed shots led to.their undoing. The Lions looked hungry after a tough loss to Toledo.
Meadowdale now moves at 3-1 in the City League, while Stivers falls to 1-2.
PONITZ wins 3rd straight, rallies for win
Ponitz turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a 15-
point blowout win as the Panthers roared back on the road to defeat Oakwood 61-46.
The young Panthers came out slow, which could be to their inexperience, but after the Panthers found their rhythm?
The full court pressure was too much for the Lumberjacks.
Junior stud De'Edgar Cooks had his season high of 22 to lead the Panthers (4-2) to victory.
Ponitz coach Dwayne Hansbro has done a great job of teaching his young team in his 1st season as a Head Coach.