Hurricane boys top Midland
ONA -- Turning the ball over six times with less than four minutes to go stymied a Cabell Midland rally and gave Hurricane a 58-45 boys basketball win Tuesday night.
It was a night when every time the Knights (4-12) got close, the Redskins had an answer.
Midland closed to one, trailing 17-16, with just more than three minutes to go in the second quarter, but Hurricane (15-4) closed out on a 13-2 run to take a 30-18 lead into the half.
In the second half, Hurricane's Henry Sorsaia exploded, getting 16 of his 21 points.
"He didn't play very well in the first quarter, but he really picked it up in the second half," Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland said. "It was just one of those games, I don't know what it is, but the 2-3 zone (defense), this is the second game we've seen it and we haven't reacted well to it.
"But we found our patience, started running our offense and things started going our way."
Despite the problems Cabell Midland was having, the Knights managed to draw within eight and had the ball with less than four minutes to go.
That's when Hurricane came with the press and Cabell Midland committed a turnover on a 10-second call when the Knights were unable to get the ball past half court.
Cabell Midland would have four similar turnovers when the Knights threw the ball away or had it stolen before reaching half court, and one throwaway on a fast break after that first turnover.
"It seems to be a lingering issue. We work on it over and over again," said Midland coach Matt Stead. "Going to the locker room that was my main concern that we wouldn't be the aggressor against the press, we would be passive."
And that's exactly what happened, Stead said.
"Every time we took the ball out, the first pass went back to the original spot where it came in, instead of going up the court," he said. "I don't know if it was a bit of panic there, or not making the read, but you have to be aggressive against the press."
Cabell Midland played well at certain points throughout the game, but Stead said he wants to see consistency.
"I know it sounds so simple, but we have to play four good quarters," he said. "Right now, we're playing about three good quarters, and we play good enough defense. I thought we did a good job tonight not playing one-on-one offensively. We passed the ball and we got good looks, so we need to keep on doing that.
"But it has to be four good quarters; four quality quarters."
HURRICANE 4 26 10 18 -- 58: Sorsaia 21, Miles 6, Rasaan Harris 10, Estep 3, Trey Dawson 10, Renick 8.
CABELL MIDLAND 7 11 12 15 -- 45: Niles Dailey 10, Matthews 7, Beckett 7, Petitt 5, Leonard 4, Adkins 4, Perry 3, Fraley 2, Wilcox 3.