Ten seconds into Friday night’s Narrows League 4A battle against Bellarmine Prep, sophomore guard Londrell “Prince” Hamilton hit a fadeaway jumper for Stadium High School.
He would do it many more times.
Hamilton scored 41 points to lead Stadium to a 55-52 victory over the Lions. It was the first league win of the season for Stadium, which is now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Narrows.
Stadium earned the win despite missing senior big man Bobby Moorehead, who had to sit out one game after drawing a pair of technical fouls in the Tigers’ previous contest.
“We were down one of our leading players, and I told the guys nobody would give us a chance to win this game,” said first-year Stadium coach Dennis Johnson.
Hamilton stepped up.
He did most of his damage with midrange jump shots and twisting, scooping layups.
The sophomore transfer from Lincoln scored all 10 of Stadium’s first-quarter points. He had the go-ahead pull-up jumper with 1:12 remaining in the game — and then he made a steal and hit the layup for a 49-46 lead.
“I feel he can get to the basket anytime he wants,” said Johnson. “I told him he’s got to be more aggressive (with Moorehead out).”
For a while it looked like nobody else was going to score for Stadium. Hamilton had the Tigers’ first 12 points, but his biggest smile of the night came when fellow sophomore Blake Wilcox nailed a 3-pointer in the second quarter to give him company in the box score.
Listed as Londrell Hamilton on the roster, the Stadium High School gymnasium announcer called him Prince.
“He wants to be called Prince,” said Johnson. “As long as he plays like that, he can be called Prince.”
Bellarmine Prep (1-3, 0-2 Narrows 4A) junior guard Malachi Flynn scored 20 points to lead the Lions. Flynn drained two 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds to keep things tight until the final horn.
The Lions held a big advantage on the glass, outrebounding Stadium 35-20. Senior forward Rex Bodoia pulled down 15 rebounds and scored 15 points for Bellarmine Prep.