Just a sophomore, Celneque Bobbitt II is finally starting to become the player his father and head coach knew he could be.

Bobbitt II, eldest son of the Harker Heights head coach by the same name, scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter and helped the Knights pull away with a 14-4 third quarter to beat host Buda Hays 50-44 and claim third place in the Buda Hays Rebel Classic on Saturday.

“CJ (Bobbitt II) actually got big on the inside and he scored 15 out of his 19 points in the first half and 10 in the second quarter,” his father said. “He reminds us of Royce, wants to be passive and pass the ball around and not be aggressive, and I’ve been getting on to him about being aggressive and getting points down on the inside.”

Knights (9-4) junior guards Cody Halvorson and Cameron Delaney each added nine points, and Bobbitt II and Delaney were named to the all-tournament team.

Bobbitt II did most of his second quarter damage from the free throw line, sinking 6 of 8 from the charity stripe in the frame as Height cut Hays’ lead to 31-28 at halftime. In the third quarter, Heights picked up its defensive aggressiveness and held Buda Hays to just two made baskets.

Contact Alex Byington at alexb@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7566

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