Michael Reid and Otis Coley combined for 12 second-half points, and the Eagles soared over Hobbton, 64-30, in first-round play of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys’ basketball tournament.
On Thursday, second-seeded Rosewood hosts third-seeded North Duplin, which beat Lakewood 74-66. Tip-off is 6 p.m. at Rosewood.
The Eagles (13-7) sat back in a 1-3-1 zone throughout the opening half and pulled the Wildcats into taking outside shots instead of attacking the basket. Hobbton struggled to break down the Eagles defense, but Rosewood was only up 8-5 after one quarter.
“We’ve had some sluggish starts before,” said Rosewood head coach Daniel Mitchell. “It took us a while to get going, but once we finally did we played really well especially in the second half.”
In the second quarter, after Hobbton’s Evan Hope nailed a three-pointer to make the score 14-10, Rosewood responded with a 7-0 run that made the score 21-10 going into halftime.
Coley scored five points in the second quarter, and finished with 12 points, while Reid contributed a team-high 14 points.
“We were a little flat, and then we were able to go on a little run,” said Mitchell. “We were able to get out in transition and hit a couple layups and couple easy buckets to get the lead to double figures.
“We stayed in the 1-3-1 and were able to rebound out of it, and were able to get some stops and turnovers.”
The Eagles led 42-15 after three quarters.
The Wildcats climbed to within 44-24 on D.J. Robinson’s layup but could get no closer. Rosewood tallied seven straight points and cruised to the easy victory.
“I thought we played unselfishly in the second half,” said Mitchell. “We got our heads up, and found the guys that were open, and that’s how we were able to get some of those layups.”