COLUMBIA — The bouncing basketball was mostly louder than the fans throughout the game. That’s what happens when one team leads by 39 at half time and cruises to a blowout.
Coach David Johnson has his Hickman boys’ basketball team playing at its best when it’s most important. Hickman (21-2) thrashed Holt High School (9-13), 91-36.
The Kewpies shot just under 70 percent from the field. Senior Douglas Johnson led all scorers with 24 points, while senior Chris Clark and junior Jimmy Whitt both added 22.
Coaching legend Larry Brown, now with Southern Methodist University, was in the stands to watch Whitt, as was Arkansas assistant coach Melvin Watkins.
But Whitt wasn't nervous. He's used to the attention. Both SMU and Arkansas have already offered Whitt scholarships.
There’s only one game left this season before Hickman heads to its district tournament. And coach Johnson thinks the dominating victory says a lot about his team.
“We were ready to play, and we executed against a tough team,” Johnson said. “Holt went to Washington and beat a tough team there recently, so I told our guys they had to be ready.
“And the way we played says that they’re engaged and ready for the rest of the season.”
But Johnson is most excited for their final regular season game, which got switched to a home game against Eldon this Friday.
“Senior Night will mean a lot for those young boys,” he said. “And I’ve been with them for all four years, so I want them to enjoy it.”
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