Behind a 13-point, 10-rebound effort from Hobbs, the Mustangs (22-3) won the PVAC title, besting Grace Brethren, 58-52, at Wootton. Hobbs proved to be the show-stopper, firing up the Mustangs with ferocious blocks and thunderous two-handed dunks, including a fourth-quarter ally-oop that gave McLean School a one-point lead.
Hobbs’s loudest ovation came later in the fourth quarter when he hit two free throws to help cement the victory.
“Anything that I do, the team feeds off of it,” said Hobbs, who also had five blocks in the victory. “Sometimes I’m the sole energy man and everybody feeds off of what I do. If I make a spectacular play, then they’re going to make plays just like I do.”
The win also exorcised demons for the Mustangs, who advanced to the PVAC championship a year ago but lost to Grace Brethren.
While Hobbs provided the energy, Mustangs senior Jordan Youngalmost single-handedly kept the Mustangs in front. McLean School broke out to a 13-5 lead and led most of the way, falling behind only briefly midway through the fourth quarter.
Young scored 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter, helping to stave off a Grace Brethren run.
“You could see that he wanted it more than anybody on the court,” Mustangs Coach Omar Griffin said. “He wanted this game. Any loose ball, he was going to get to. Any rebound, he was going to get to. Any opportunity he had to make a basket, he was going to make it.”
Guard Desmond Brogsdale led Grace Brethren (21-11) with 16 points. A.J. Cabbagestalk pitched in with 15 points.
Darryl Barbee had 14 points for McLean School.
After hitting just one field goal in the first quarter, Grace Brethren did manage to claw its way back into the game, taking its first lead of the night at 47-46 midway through the fourth quarter. The Mustangs quickly retook the lead though and hit just enough free throws down the stretch.
“Last year we got the taste of the championship, and then we lost, but we knew we had it in us,” Young said. “It motivated us all year, all over the summer and everything.”