Hartford sticks with hot hand, Hobbs responds with career night

February 10, 2016

Jack Hobbs basketball

Jack Hobbs

Playing limited minutes hasn’t allowed Jack Hobbs of Anchorage much opportunity to get it going offensively.

But when the University of Hartford sophomore found his groove conference leader Stony Brook his coach played the hot hand.

Hobbs responded by matching his season high of 13 points while grabbing a career-high 7 rebounds in an 85-72 loss in New York.

“Coach kept me in most of the second half when I started to get things going, which helped me with confidence, knowing he trusted me with that situation,” Hobbs told me.

The 6-foot-7 small forward played 21 minutes – the most since before Christmas – and made 5-of-9 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from downtown.

He came into the game having scored just 18 points in the previous 11 games.

“It felt great,” he said. “I was just playing basketball, not thinking about it too much.”

Hobbs, of South High fame, is averaging 3.5 points and shooting 33 percent from 3-point range in 23 games.

Hartford is 7-18 overall this season, but the Hawks haven’t quit.

“The team has been doing a great job of not letting the record get us down,” Hobbs said. “We’ve been working real hard and things are starting to click more and more.

“There were points in the game where we showed how great we can really be and when we have that flow to us it could be any guy on the team on any given night. That could have a good game.

“It’s just a matter of knocking down shots.”