Boys basketball: Hurricane beats visiting Logan
HURRICANE, W.Va. - Logan Coach Mark Hatcher was trying to find the right combination to compete against Hurricane in their boys basketball season opener on Thursday night.
Hurricane Coach Lance Sutherland was just waiting for his to start working.
Senior forward Henry Sorsaia scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Redskins turned a one-point deficit to start the final period into a 78-63 win over the Wildcats (0-1).
The Redskins still couldn't parlay 48 free throw attempts into a more one-sided victory, but they still managed to defeat the Wildcats for the third consecutive time.
"We played ugly," said Sutherland, whose career record improved to 42-31. "We have a lot of talent and we were playing as individuals. When we put in some of the subs, like Alex Osburn, Alex Wolford and J.T. Rogoszewski, they started playing as five."
The cornerstone of the Redskins' effort was Sorsaia and guard Garrett DeFries. DeFries had 12 points in the first half and he and Trey Dawson had seven apiece in the third quarter.
Sorsaia, much like the rest of the Redskins, shot poorly from the foul line. Hurricane was 28-of-48 from the free throw line, attempting quadruple the Wildcats (3-12).
While Logan couldn't maintain a lead that grew to 36-23 late in the second quarter, the Wildcats had Hurricane playing "ugly."
"We tried," said Hatcher, who is 213-112 after the first game of his 14th season at Logan. "They're one of the most talented teams in the state. I think they have a legit chance to win the whole thing. When they got the two transfers, that helped."
The two transfers are Dustin Scarberry from Cabell Midland and Jacob Lemmerman from Winfield.
Logan played without guard Josh Rein, who was injured. Still, Hatcher's team held a 36-29 halftime advantage behind nine points each from Zac Acord and Braxton Goff and eight from Alex Toler. Additionally, Hurricane was 13-of-25 from the foul line, compared to 1-of-2 for Logan.
In the fourth quarter Sorsaia took over, moving away from the basket and driving against the larger, yet less mobile, Wildcat defenders.
He converted two and-one opportunities in the fourth.
"It depends on who's guarding me," Sorsaia said. "I didn't have a good game tonight. I did a lot better off the dribble.
One area that Sorsaia admits needs fixed is the free throw shooting.
"We have to work on that," he said. "We were down 13. We would've blown them out if we would've made our free throws. We can't beat good teams (shooting free throws) like that."
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