Jack Cone had 19 points to lead the Huskies to a 59-52 victory over Scottsdale Horizon in a 5A nonregion matchup at Hamilton.
Jack Cone came off the bench Friday for one of the first times all season.
The Chandler Hamilton boys basketball guard made his case to go right back into the starting lineup.
Cone had 19 points to lead the Huskies to a 59-52 victory over Scottsdale Horizon in a 5A nonregion matchup at Hamilton.
The most important of those came in the fourth quarter, when he scored nine points in a span of three minutes and 18 seconds, the final bucket coming on a lay-up to give Hamilton a 56-44 lead with 1:05 remaining.
Horizon (8-7) would not get the deficit under seven points after that.
Cone said coming off the bench served as motivation.
“For sure it does,” Cone said. “You’re trying to prove yourself (and) get back in that (starting) role.”
Hamilton led by eight points early, but Horizon closed the gap to within a point at intermission. The game stayed close for much of the second half, as Hamilton led just 41-37 with 5:24 remaining in the contest.
But a 13-5 lead pushed the lead to 12, and Horizon could not climb out of the hole. Collin Woods (22 points) and Kyle Trensak (15 points) got their points for Horizon, but the supporting cast did not pitch in enough.
Hamilton’s offense was more spread out, as six players scored between four and nine points to aid Cone.
Hamilton (11-4) nailed 12-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to help close it out.
“That’s kind of been a struggle this season,” coach Kevin Hartwig said. “We made a few tonight, which helped.”
Hamilton guard Jerry Harville had nine points in his return after missing a month with a stress fracture in his foot. He didn’t start but will be a big part of the team the rest of the season.
“We’re trying to ease him in,” Hartwig said.