Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

RAEFORD — Hoke County coach Quame Patterson knew ahead of Friday’s match that Pinecrest carried a roster full of deep-ball threats, and he made his strategy accordingly.

“They’ve (Pinecrest) got three or four pure shooters,” Patterson said. “I feel like we can beat anybody in a two-point war. If we could make more 3s than them, if we could limit them to half the 3s they normally make, then I knew we’d have a chance. The game plan worked out perfectly.”

The Bucks held the Patriots to just three 3-point goals and came up with some timely ones of their own en route to a 54-44 win.

Hoke was good on eight shots from behind the arc, five off the hand of guard Dakari Johnson.

Johnson led all scorers with 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that doused a Pinecrest run and stretched the Bucks’ lead to double digits.

Johnson said the offensive efforts started on the other end of the floor, with the Bucks’ defense hustling to set up on defense.

“We’ve got to take a lot of charges, because they do a lot of backdoor cuts, so we’ve got to get in good defensive positions,” Johnson said.

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