Prep basketball: Benson’s blocks preserve Hamilton’s win over East

    Rick Cassano
    10:18 p.m Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 Sports
Hamilton’s Jaylen Robinson guards Lakota East’s Jalen Peck (1) during Friday night’s game at the Hamilton Athletic Center. RICK CASSANO/STAFF

Cameron Benson blocked two Lakota East shots from close range in the last five seconds Friday night as Hamilton held off the visiting Thunderhawks 47-45 in Greater Miami Conference prep boys basketball action at the Hamilton Athletic Center.

D’Marco Howard tallied 20 points and hit the game-winning shot for Big Blue, a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining. Benson and Jaylen Robinson added 10 points apiece, and Benson grabbed seven rebounds.

Jarrett Cox was rejected by Benson on the second-to-last shot of the night as he drove to the basket. Jackson See rebounded and also got blocked.

Cox had 16 points to lead East, which fell to 11-7 overall and 8-4 in the GMC. HHS moved to 10-7, 6-6.

Hamilton will travel to Harrison on Saturday night. The Thunderhawks will host Mason on Tuesday.

Lakota East 9-11-5-20—45

Hamilton 11-7-14-15—47

LAKOTA EAST (11-7, 8-4 GMC): Jalen Peck 0 4 4, Jackson See 1 2 5, Alex Mangold 0 3 3, Bash Wieland 2 4 8, Jarrett Cox 6 3 16, Will Johnston 1 2 5, Kyrell Metts 2 0 4. Totals: 12-18-45

HAMILTON (10-7, 6-6 GMC): Payton Pennington 1 0 2, Jaylen Robinson 2 5 10, Kurtis Reid 1 0 2, Trey Robinson 1 0 3, Cameron Benson 3 4 10, D’Marco Howard 5 8 20. Totals: 13-17-47

3-pointers: L 3 (Cox, Johnston, See), H 4 (Howard 2, T. Robinson, J. Robinson)