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A fast-paced, back-and-forth contest between archrival varsity boys basketball teams from Fike and Hunt was decided by the Warriors’ long-range accuracy Tuesday night. Hunt was good on six 3-pointers to get the 3-A Big East Conference 71-63 win while Fike made just two from outside the 3-point arc.
The win allowed the Warriors, 11-5 overall, to move into a tie with Fike (12-6) for second place in the Big East with both at 3-2. Northern Nash beat Rocky Mount to remain in first place at 5-0.
With three minutes left and down 62-58, Fike couldn’t find the 3-pointer it needed to get the Hunt defenders out of the paint. Hunt head coach Dwight Taylor said the difference in the game was his team’s ability to limit Fike’s penetration in the fourth quarter.
“They started understanding that they were going to drive to the basket so they shut those lanes off and luckily they missed some tough shots,” Taylor said.
As the Demons worked the ball around the key looking for a hole in the Warriors’ defense, they found no 3-pointer. Trevon Atkinson attempted to drive inside, but was called for a travel. Davon Jones scored two points in the post with less than two minutes to put the Warrior’s lead at 64-58 and the game out of reach.
“There’s no doubt there 3-point shot made a difference and we didn’t shoot it well,” Fike head basketball coach Brent Secrest said.
The Warriors’ Shaq Wade and Malcolm Coley opened up the lane for the Warriors with five 3-pointers in the first half. Wade finished with 11 points and Coley dropped in 15 points. Jones scored seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Taylor said his team started to rebound better as well in the fourth quarter as Demons center Moses Parker fouled out with less than five minutes to help Hunt’s effort. Secrest said his team got outworked in the fourth quarter.
“We got beat by a team that wanted it more than us,” Secrest said. “They got all the loose balls at the end of the game and we couldn’t seem to get the loose balls and they were more composed.”
The game began to turn Hunt’s way in the fourth after ShaKei Hines’ layup gave the Warriors a 56-52 lead. With the lanes shut off and 3-pointers not falling, Fike tried to create contact and get to the foul line — a place where the Demons were 7 of 11 entering the fourth. But in the final quarter they went 3 of 8 while Hunt went 11 of 18 from the line in the fourth.
Cooper had one point in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points. While Parker and Ward had just three combined points in the fourth quarter, both ended with 11 points.
Secrest said if the team wants to rebound from this loss it has to get back to playing team basketball.
“We’re going to have to come back together as a team like we were at the beginning of the year,” Secrest said. “We’re not as unselfish as we were at the beginning of the year.”
Wade 11, Coley 15, Taylor 2, Hines 11, Clay 8, Jones 15, May 9
Ward 11, Atkinson 9, Cooper 15, Dickerson 8, Wilder 9, Parker 11
Score by quarters:
Hunt 16 11 23 21 — 71
Fike 20 7 21 15 — 63