Big week for Hoke hoops

Saleh Sutton (2) and Franajai Ransom (21) team up to shut down a Pinecrest drive to the hoop during the Bucks’ road win this week. (Photo by David Sinclair)

The Hoke County boys’ basketball team had a successful week. The Bucks hit the road for a pair of games in Moore County and returned home with a winning streak after back-to-back wins.

On Wednesday, Hoke hammered Union Pines, running away to an 82-55 victory.

Jaylen Sturdivant hit seven of his 15 shots, including three baskets from three-point range for a game-high 23 points. The senior also took game-high honors with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Fellow senior Salah Sutton added 10 points, 5 boards and 3 assists in the win. The Hoke defense shut down the Vikings, holding Union Pines to 33% shooting from the field and forcing 23 turnovers.

Two days later, the Bucks were back at it, grinding out a 54-50 win at Pinecrest. Sturdivant again led the way with 26 points, just shy of half of the Hoke County total. He hit 9-of-18 from the field, including a trio of three-pointers. Braydon McCoy hit all three of his three-point attempts to add 10 points. Sutton led the team with 7 assists, while Brandon Graham had a team-high 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Hoke is now 11-6 overall and evened its record in the Sandhills Conference at 3-3.

The Hoke County girls’ team didn’t have as successful a visit to Moore County. The Lady Bucks fell at Union Pines, 51-44, and at Pinecrest, 64-53. They’ve now lost five of their last six to fall to 3-13, 1-5 in the conference.

The Hoke boys and girls, who have now played three straight road games, will continue their traveling ways. They’ll play at Scotland later this week, and after a home tilt with Lee County, will head back out to play at Richmond.