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HAMMOND — With an offensive outburst from the tipoff, Hammond topped Bishop Noll 66-54 on Thursday.

The Wildcats' win ended Noll's four-game winning streak and was Hammond's second win in a row after its five-game streak was halted in double overtime by E.C. Central.

On Thursday, Reggie Abram lead the charge in the first quarter for Hammond with seven of the team's first 14 points.

Abram finished with 17 points and Malik Miller led all scorers with 25.

With a 2-2-1 press, the Wildcats set the tone defensively.

"We had to slow (Bishop) Noll down, they're very good here at home," Hammond coach Larry Moore Jr. said.

"We wanted to make (sure) we located (Brandon) Scott. He is one of the top scorers in the area."

The Wildcats held the 6-foot-4 junior Scott to 11 points.

Moore said the key throughout the game was to continue to wear the Warriors down as Noll doesn't have the bench depth of the Wildcats.

Hammond's fast break opportunities from to the defense lead to seven 3-pointers.

"They have long, athletic guys and it was very tough to get around those top guys," Bishop Noll assistant coach Chris Diehl said.

The Warriors went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter and Diehl said it was because they finally broke the press.

"(The Wildcats) have 10, 11 seniors," Diehl said. "They're experienced, and that is exactly what we want to go against getting ready for sectionals."

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