Zoey Kendall's hot hand helped Dublin hold off host Hawley 45-42 for a 2-0 start to District 7-2A boys play Tuesday night.
Kendall fouled out early in the fourth quarter, but not until he went 6-7 from the floor and 3-3 from the free throw stripe on his way to 16 points.
"They couldn't stop Zoey when he had the ball in his hands. The only problem was he spent too much time sitting over there next to me," said Dublin head coach Richard Pringle, noting the Lions' foul troubles. "He and Dirk (DeVries) both fouled out early in the fourth quarter."
That, paired with hitting just 14 of 31 free throw attempts made the game a struggle for the victorious Lions.
"I saw on film how aggressive Hawley is defensively, and I told the guys that getting to the line and hitting free throws would be a big key to winning the game," Pringle said. "We got there, we just couldn't hit anything."
The Lions were 45 percent from the line, hardly better than their respectable 44 percent from the field. Kendall hit the team's only 3-pointer. Dublin led the whole way, but never by more than eight.
Devan Thompson just missed another double-double with 11 points and nine boards for Dublin. Abel Aguilar scored eight, DeVries five, Travis Blazi three and Cade Hill two.
The Lions are in Meridian's tournament Friday and Saturday and resume league play at home against Cisco on Jan. 3.