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GREENVILLE — Jeremiah Ganaway poured in 24 points Tuesday night in a losing effort for the Hunt High varsity boys basketball team, as the Warriors tipped off the 2017-18 season with a 71-63 loss at Greenville Rose in the opener for both teams.
Zion May chipped in 14 points for the 3-A Big East Conference Warriors. Creighton Lebo, the son of East Carolina University head men’s basketball coach Jeff Lebo, had 18 to lead the Rampants, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
“We’re still a work in progress,” second-year Hunt head coach Wayne Hardy said. “I’m pretty happy for the effort and energy that we had for the first game in a hostile environment.
Hunt trailed 38-34 at the half and was down 53-46 entering the fourth quarter. However, the smaller Warriors were worn down the final five minutes.
“They’re a pretty good team,” Hardy said of Rose. “They’re a lot bigger than we were.”
Hunt’s scheduled home game with Nash Central on Wednesday has been postponed due to the Bulldogs’ continuing participation in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-AA football playoffs. Thus, Hunt will host C.B. Aycock next Tuesday.
Wade 2, Taylor 4, Ganaway 24, Coley 2, Farmer 5, May 14, Ward 4, Lucas 8, Jones, Thomas, Raspberry.
GREENVILLE ROSE (71)
Lebo 18, Barnhill 15, Latham 1, Henley 2, Harris 8, Goodman 9, Taylor 3, Garris 4, Harris 2.
Score by quarters:
J.H. Rose 18 20 15 18 — 71
Hunt 13 21 12 17 — 63