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Boys basketball: Charles Cooper, Dontae Mister star in Wallace win

Updated: February 10, 2013 6:11PM



HAMMOND — Remember that old televison sitcom “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper?”

Lew Wallace’s 78-57 win over Hammond on Tuesday night could have been dubbed “Hangin’ with Mister and Cooper.” If it was a TV pilot, it would be the story of a basketball team that ended a two-game losing streak with the help of its top scorer and a sidekick who is not known for visiting the scoresheet often.

Hornets leading scorer Charles Cooper got some unexpected help from Dontae Mister, who scored eight first-quarter points and 10 for the game.

“He got some good looks at the basket,” Wallace coach Melvin Yancey said. “He did a good job for us today.”

Indeed critics could have given this showing boffo reviews.

“They deserved to win tonight,” Hammond coach Larry Moore Jr. said.

“That’s as good a first half as we played all season,” said Yancey. “And we actually played half-court defense that wasn’t suspect for a change.”

Hammond’s coach gave his team a thumbs down for its performance.

“We allowed them to take over the game offensively and defensively,” Moore said. “They were more aggresive and we didn’t step up to the challenge.”

Cooper had a game-high 18 points for the Hornets.



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