ST. JAMES - Hancock's boys basketball team used a 12-0 run to start the third quarter to build a 16-point lead and defeated St. James 65-58 on Saturday.
Hancock led 30-26 at halftime before extending the lead to 16 two minutes into the second half.
"It was a good win," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "We played well together. We played several close ballgames over the holidays and part of the problem was that we didn't know how to win. But we learned what not to do. It has been a learning process."
Junior Steven Beaver led a well-balanced attack with 18 points for Hancock (4-7). Josh Unger tallied 15 points, Dustin Hull added 12 and Spencer Golden had 10 for the Panthers.
Sophomore forward Mike Russ scored 21 of his game-high 32 points in the second half for St. James (5-5). Russ added eight rebounds and four steals. Reserve center T.K. Washington pulled down 12 rebounds.