Hashim Moore was ready for battle as the Hun School boys’ basketball team hosted Life Center Academy last week.
The post-graduate guard was wearing a long-sleeve padded shirt under his jersey and had black tights covering his legs.
Moore didn’t waste any time going on attack, driving in for a dunk to score the first points of the January 29 contest.
The Princeton University-bound guard scored six more points in the quarter to help the Raiders jump out to a 14-8 lead.
“I talked to my coaches here and the coaches at Princeton and they said you need to be more aggressive,” said Moore.
“So that is what I came out to do. We had to bounce back and come in with a positive attitude getting ready for the MAPL (Mid-Atlantic Prep League) tournament.”
The Raiders sputtered a bit in the second quarter as they got outscored 7-6 by Life Center.
“The halftime message was to start playing like a team, move the ball around and just be patient on offense,” said Moore, recalling the locker room discussion at intermission.
The Hun players got the message loud and clear as they pulled away to a 50-33 victory.
“I love it when everybody is knocking shots and we are moving the ball,” said Moore, reflecting on Hun’s second-half surge which was keyed by some sizzling shots from Grant Mackay and Fergus Duke, who ended up with 22 and 11 points, respectively.
For Moore, spreading the wealth on the court comes naturally. “I have always played with other scorers,” said Moore, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“I had to find something else to do, rebounding, defense, or driving to get them open shots.”
The 6’0 Moore has tried to bring that same approach to the table as he has looked to fit in with the Raiders.
“I am trying to be everything for this team,” asserted Moore, who scored a team-high 16 points last Friday as Hun rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame 65-52 and improve to 15-5.
“I look for all of our bigs, especially Josh [McGilvray] and Grant, and our shooters, Fergus [Duke], Jake [Newman], and Mike [Bourke].”
For the most part, Moore has acclimated himself to New Jersey although the recent cold snap threw him for a loop.
“It is my first time away from home,” said Moore, who has been able to make it over Jadwin Gym to see his future team in action.
“Coming here, I have had to get used to the weather. I almost fell three times on the black ice yesterday.”
Moore is confident that the Raiders won’t fall short when it comes to the postseason, starting with the MAPL tournament from February 8-10 at Peddie.
“Our team is so versatile, I think we can stand against anyone in the MAPL,” said Moore.
“We just have to come back and be ready because they are going to be coming. It is going to be a battle.”
With the way Moore has played this winter, he has proven to be ready for battle.