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Hubbs sets new school record; Choctaws roll over Patriots

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Henry County's Desmand Howard looks up in awe as DC's Robert Hubbs throws down a thunderous dunk on Monday night in Newbern. Hubbs finished with 28 points in the 67-61 victory.
Records are made to be broken. Most will take time to be broken, but undoubtedly at some point it will happen.

Then again, some records are broken rather quickly.

Such was the case Monday night in Newbern when Robert Hubbs III sank a free throw early in the first quarter of the 67-61 victory against visiting Henry County.

Dyer County High School senior Robert Hubbs III set a school record for career points Monday night minutes into the 67-61 win over visiting Henry County. Pictured with Hubbs are DC assistant coach Robert Hubbs Jr. and Choctaw head coach Derek McCord. For full story see page 9.
In doing so, Hubbs eclipsed the mark for total career points at DCHS set last season by former teammate Fred Yarbrough, who finished his career with 1806.

Immediately after breaking the record at the charity stripe, a short break in the action took place when Hubbs was presented a basketball by Choctaw head coach Derek McCord and his father Robert Hubbs Jr. to commemorate the feat.

"The thing about Robert is that everybody knows he's the best player on the floor and he continues to be able to go out and score for us. He's a special player and a special young man," said McCord. "I think when the season is over and the smoke clears, he's going to have a record that's going to stand for quite a while."

Dyer County's Markeston Bostic (22) finished the game with 23 points and six rebounds.
Against the Patriots, while Hubbs was bottled up for the majority of the contest, he still managed to finish with a double-double, scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Two of those points included a thunderous dunk over two Patriot defenders, an unforgettable scene for the large Choctaw crowd in attendance.

While the night belonged to Hubbs, teammate Markeston Bostic stepped up as well, ending the contest with 23 points, six rebounds and three assists. While the two-headed monster of Hubbs and Bostic flourished offensively, on the defensive end of the floor it was David 'TayTay' Ray that provided a spark for the Choctaws.

Afterward, McCord wasn't pleased with the overall effort of his team defensively, but he was pleased with the play of Ray, and rightfully so. The 5'9 freshman came up huge for DC on the glass, finishing the game with nine rebounds to go with three points.

"David just guarded like crazy out there tonight and I thought he really came in and provided a spark for us when we really needed it," said McCord. "I was disappointed in our defensive effort as a team tonight, but David did a great job out there and he's just a freshman."

Dyer County (7-1, 1-0) trailed for the majority of the opening quarter, but a long 3-pointer from the left wing as time expired from Bostic cut the Patriot lead to 18-16.

In the second, McCord called a timeout after Henry County started the period on an 7-2 spurt. Following a come-together during the short break, the Choctaws went fast and furious.

The result was a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 25-24 with five minutes left in the half. With three minutes left in the half DC trailed 29-25, but things were about to turn around for the Choctaws.

Blanketing the Patriots with the ever-effective press, the Choctaws turned turnovers into points. After back-to-back converted 3-point plays from Bostic, the Choctaws were back on top, leading 34-20 with 1:50 to play in the half.

The next play was one those in attendance will never forget.

Hubbs received the ball low in the block, made a move to his left and went over two defenders with an emphatic slam that left mouths wide-open and appeared to break the spirit of the visiting Patriots as well as cap off a 13-0 run.

Though Henry County answered somewhat with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the half, DC lead 41-32.

In the third quarter, the Choctaws were held to just six points in the period while Henry County scored seven. In the final quarter, the visitors got as close as six, 50-44, before DC held on to win their sixth straight by the same amount, 67-61.

The Choctaws will return to action tonight when former Choctaw skipper Butch Hopkins and the Munford Cougars visit Newbern in a matchup of the two district favorites.

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