Beating state runner-up Fulton, S.C. power tops for HVA boys hoops

HARDIN VALLEY — Though wins were hard to come by for Hardin Valley Academy’s boys basketball team in 2018-19 — there were shining moments.

Despite an 11-17 final record, 4-12 in District 4-AAA, HVA picked up perhaps its biggest win of the season when it outlasted Class AA state runner-up Fulton 58-57 midway through the campaign.

Actually, three big wins — the other two coming in King of the Smokies tourney in Pigeon Forge.

“We had a big win over Wren, and they’re a top team in South Carolina, and we had another big win over Community Christian from Kentucky (75-40), and then we got a win over Fulton,” Hawks head coach Shane Chambers said. “Fulton is well-coached and (were No. 2) in the state tournament.

“They’re not only one of the top teams in the area, they’re one of the best teams in the state every year,” he added about the Falcons.

“We have four seniors back and those are going to be our big guys next season,” Chambers said about Allan Sumner at shooting guard along with Skyler O’Neal, Tyson Adams and Jack Niezgoda — all of whom made significant contributions in 2018-19.