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Despite a more lopsided margin, second-year Hunt High varsity boys basketball coach Wayne Hardy contended that his Warriors battled Kinston tougher Tuesday night than in the first meeting between the teams, a 66-48 Vikings victory.
Hunt held a two-point lead at home with three minutes remaining in the third quarter before a spate of missed shots and turnovers allowed the Vikings to get separation, and Hunt was outscored 21-10 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 75-53 setback.
Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference lost its fourth straight game to drop to 1-5. Kinston, a member of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, stayed unbeaten through three games. The Vikings led 37-31 at the half, but pushed the lead to 54-43 by the start of the fourth quarter.
“We definitely were a lot more aggressive and our intensity was much better, even though the score wasn’t indicative of that,” Hardy said of the first meeting.
Senior Jeremiah Ganaway led all scorers with 27 points for the Warriors. Jameson Lucas, another senior, had 10 points.
Damian Dunn led three Kinston players in double figures with 19 points.
Hunt visits CBA on Thursday before venturing to county rival Beddingfield on Friday night.
Dunn 19, Luter 1, Styles 8, Moore 12, McBynum 8, Parson 3, Harvey 2, Walters 2, Minott 3, Pearsall 4, Lewis 13.
Ganaway 27, Coleman 5, Farmer 3, May 8, Lucas 10, Wade, Jones, Taylor, Thomas.
Score by quarters:
Kinston 20 17 17 21 — 75
Hunt 14 17 12 10 — 53