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PIKEVILLE — Offensive patience and effective man-to-man defense in the half-court carried the visiting Hunt High varsity boys basketball team to a 48-36 nonconference victory against Charles B. Aycock on Thursday night.
The Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference never trailed in boosting their record to 6-2. CBA, a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, tumbled to 1-6.
The Golden Falcons, successful against Hunt’s occasional full-court pressure, cut the deficit to 33-28 when Hunt head coach Dwight Taylor sent his starters back onto the floor with under six minutes remaining.
Junior guard Tiquez Taylor responded with a three-point play and junior Shykei Hines swished three free throws to send the Warriors to a 39-28 cushion with five minutes, four seconds remaining.
The Falcons, despite the efforts of Jaylan Robinson, drew no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Hines tossed in 13 points for Hunt, while Zion May, a 6-4 senior, netted 12.
CBA’s Robinson fired in a game-high 17 points.
Hunt’s biggest first-half lead was 20-8 on May’s putback. However, CBA netted the last four points of the half.
The Warriors, who seldom forced a shot against CBA’s zone, opened the second half with Hines draining a 3-point shot and May connecting on a putback for a 25-12 advantage. CBA crept within seven points at 31-24 on Mike Williams’ only basket.
Hunt, after five consecutive road games, continues a busy week at home Friday night against 3-A Smithfield-Selma.
Hammonds, Wade 4, Coley 7, Taylor 8, Hines 13, Brunson, Clay, Jones 4, Ward, May 12, Bates.
C.B. AYCOCK (36)
Robinson 17, Gooding 2, Moore 2, Walker 4, Poindexter, Bryan 4, B. Reid, T. Reid 1, Crane 3, Williams 3, Lane, Jackson.
Score by quarters:
Hunt 9 11 11 17 — 48
C.B. Aycock 6 6 12 12 — 36