HARKER HEIGHTS — Leading the Knights in transition, Josh DeLaney spotted his brother, Cameron, to his left and was going to try to hit him for an alley oop.
But trailing behind the two, fellow senior Roderick Taylor had bigger and grander ideas.
“I just wanted to go out with a bang,” Taylor said. “So, I just said, ‘glass.’”
Taylor put the exclamation point on an undefeated home season for No. 13 Heights, throwing down an alley oop off the backboard from DeLaney, part of 15 unanswered points during a decisive run in the second quarter.
After pulling within five, Belton never recovered from the run as Heights prevailed 65-42 on a delayed Senior Night at Harker Heights gymnasium.
Eleven Knights scored in the win, which kept Heights (24-4, 11-2 8-5A) neck and neck with Shoemaker for first place with one game remaining in the regular season.
The Knights busted the game open twice in the first half, with the second run putting the Tigers (5-21, 1-11) away for good.
The first time came in the opening minutes of the game as the first two Belton
possessions ended in a steal and a layup for the Knights.
Not even two minutes into the game, C.J. Bobbitt converted his second straight layup to give Heights a 12-2 lead. At that point, the Knights had tallied four steals and a block on the defensive end.
“You’ve got to give credit to them,” Belton head coach Charlie Lewis said. “They pressured us. That’s been our Achilles heel all season long.”
The Knights starters mostly sat the rest of the quarter, and Belton climbed back into the game behind a 2-3 zone. Even with the Heights starters back in to start the second quarter, Belton was able to pull within 22-17 at the 6:29 mark on a steal and layup by junior Coby Potvin.
But it didn’t take long for the Knights to respond in emphatic fashion.
The Knights scored two straight buckets before DeLaney set up Taylor for the highlight-reel alley-oop, which he corralled with two hands and then thundered home with his right.
Knight head coach Celneque Bobbitt said he had to contain himself from jumping up off the bench while senior Cody Halvorson simply pointed at the look on his face to describe his reaction.
“Speechless,” he said.
“When he dunked it, it was just a boost of energy,” Cameron DeLaney said. “Our whole crowd was hyped, we got hyped and it was a good situation to go out like that.”
The Knight starters scored 11 straight, capped by a three-point play by C.J. Bobbitt for a 33-17 lead at the 3:42 mark. The reserves then pushed the run to 15-0 on a C.J. Bell layup for a 37-17 lead.
Belton never threatened again as the lead grew to as many as 24 in the fourth quarter.
Cameron DeLaney led the Knights with 13 points and two assists while Bobbitt added 12. Braden Hammond led Belton with 13 points.
Taylor had just six points in the game, but two came on alley oops from DeLaney, one of which will live on in Heights lore forever and even left head coach Celneque Bobbitt impressed. Kind of.
“That was pretty good,” Bobbitt said with a smile. “It ain’t nothing compared to what we used to do in the 80’s. That’s a Boys Club dunk back then. We’d do that in the Boys Club.
“But to get it going in the game that was pretty sweet.”