The hometown Hope Bobcats provided a improved and better performance in their second meeting in 5A-6A Conference play at home hosting Class 6A Lake Hamilton Wolves Friday night at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The hometown Hope Bobcats provided a improved and better performance in their second meeting in 5A-6A Conference play at home hosting Class 6A Lake Hamilton Wolves Friday night at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The defending 5A South Conference Champions Hope Bobcats battled hard early to stay close, but the Wolves' second half play pushed them to victory 45-32 to sweep the series over the Bobcats in conference play.

The Wolves opened the game knocking down a trifecta from downtown behind the arc to lead Hope 3-0 at the 7:14 mark in first quarter action. Keith "Bubba" Brown answered for the Cats making a spin move down the baseline into the Wolves' defense in the paint to score and fouled on the continuation.

Brown made the free-throw to complete the three-point play and the Cats and Wolves were tied 3-3 at the 4:58 mark. Lake Hamilton regain the lead and took a 9-3 advantage, but Christian Moore scored at the 1:55 mark and Nate Carter soared into the paint area with a floater at the buzzer for Hope to bring the Bobcats within three points of Lake Hamilton's 10-7 lead to end first quarter play.

In the second, the Bobcats were held to four points scored as the Wolves added 11 points to post in double-digits. Brown and Carter each scored both baskets for Hope in the period, as Lake Hamilton led the Cats 21-11 at the break.

In the third, the Cats were able to score five points with the Wolves dropping 11 points on the scoreboard to lead Hope, 32-16 going into the final quarter of the night.

In the fourth, the Cats got productive scoring contributions from Zakee Lawson, Moore with a 3-pointer, Carter, Jaloni Davis and Mykel Horton for 16 points scored. The Wolves got outscored with 13 points in the fourth and went onto victory over Hope.

For the game, Bobcats' Brown and Carter led scoring with nine points apiece, Moore scored seven points, Davis added five points, Horton with two points and Lawson chipped in one point.

For Lake Hamilton, Malique Hill led all scorers with 15 points all in five made 3-pointers for double-figures.

This coming Monday night Jan. 29, the Bobcats travel to Camden-Fairview to make up their originally scheduled game from Jan. 16 being postponed due to inclement weather. Then Tuesday Jan. 30, the Cats head back on the road to face Class 6A Arkansas High Razorbacks to close out 5A-6A Conference series play in Texarkana.