Hurricane advances to state
HURRICANE — Hurricane High’s boys basketball team is going to the Big Dance. Finally.
Henry Sorsaia scored eight of his team-high 18 points in overtime to lead the Redskins past Logan, 64-58, in the Region 4 co-championship game Tuesday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at Hurricane High.
“This is crazy,” Sorsaia said moments after the final horn sounded and Hurricane fans stormed the court to celebrate the history-making moment. “I knew I had to step up in overtime. It was dump, dump (the ball down low). From 8-15 my freshman year to 20 wins and the state. This means a lot, especially to the seniors.”
Hurricane advances to the West Virginia High School Tournament scheduled March 13-16 at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum. It’s the first time the Redskins have been this far as a Class AAA school.
Logan (8-17) forced overtime when Trent Dalton hit a three-pointer with just over a second left to tie the game at 54-54. Sorsaia countered with two free throws and two baskets early in overtime to put the Redskins (20-5) in control.
After cutting down the nets, Hurricane players spent additional time on the floor posing for pictures, signing autographs and hugging fans who wanted to savor the moment.
“We were in control the whole game,” Hurricane senior Rasaan Harris said with a net draped around his neck. “The guy (Dalton) got open. We had a little letdown. We knew it wasn’t over. We regrouped and came back. That’s what we’ve done all year.
“We came in with a chip on our shoulder. You could’ve put anybody on the floor tonight. We wanted it more.”
Harris finished with 13 points, Ian Miles 12 and Trey Dawson 10 for the Redskins.
The Redskins will find out later this week seedings for the state and first-round pairings.
“It means a lot to be a part of history,” Harris said. “We’ve never experienced anything like this before. The students, the fans have been great all year. We did it for them.”
Hurricane students had a black-out as they wore all black and filled the seats behind the team bench. Those students led the charge onto the floor when the win became official.
“I was in the middle of it. Didn’t mind it a bit,” Redskins coach Lance Sutherland said. “Look around. You can see what this means for the community. People came up before the game and said thanks. I told them it’s not what I did, but what those 15 players did.”
Hurricane’s had its share of nail-biters this season, so Sutherland felt comfortable to a point watching his club perform down the stretch. He was especially elated to see Sorsaia finally take over down low.
“We’ve been resilient all year,” Sutherland said. “They sent it into overtime, we never panicked. We’d been trying to get Henry to set up in the post. It took four quarters, but he did it.”
“We had the mismatch and took advantage of it,” Harris said. “Henry’s so capable of going off like that.”
Sutherland said the win showed the progress this program has made.
“It shows maybe we can compete at this level,” he said. “It does mean a lot it came against Logan. They’ve got great tradition and we knew they wouldn’t roll over.”
There was one area of concern. Foul shooting. Hurricane was 6-of-17 in the fourth period and overtime.
“We’ve got to fix that,” Harris said.
A.J. Reynolds led Logan with 18 points.
“We got in foul trouble and Sorsaia took over in overtime,” Wildcats coach Mark Hatcher said. “When we went to overtime, I didn’t know who would cover him. We got beat by a good team.”
Sorsais and his teammates can’t wait to experience that state tournament atmosphere.
“It’s another goal, but we’re not going just to go,” he said. “We’ve come together as a team, handled tough times. That’s what we have to do again.”
LOGAN 10 9 19 16 4 — 58: Dalton 5, Miller 11, Preston 10, Williams 1, Minick 5, Street 6, Reynolds 18, Tomblin 2.
HURRICANE 13 14 8 19 10 — 64: Sorsaia 18, Harris 13, Dawson 10, DeFries 5, Estep 6, Miles 12.