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A 28-1 tear to end the first quarter and begin the second quarter propelled the Hunt High varsity boys basketball team to a 58-32 nonconference victory against 2-A Bunn of the 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference on Thursday evening.
The second victory against the Wildcats boosted the Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference to a 2-1 mark. Bunn departed 1-2.
Junior Tiquez Taylor led nine Warriors who scored with 11 points. Junior Shaquille Wade netted nine and 6-foor-4 senior Zion May eight.
Head coach Dwight Taylor’s Warriors flustered Bunn with full-court pressure. The Wildcats especially struggled on inbounds plays. Hunt capitalized by finishing enough layups — although missing quite a few.
The smaller Wildcats owned a 7-3 lead when Hunt ignited. The Warriors’ first lead came at 9-7 on a three-point play from Shikei Hines, a 6-3 junior transfer from Wilson Preparatory Academy.
Hunt closed the first quarter with a 14-1 spree and poured in the first 14 points of the second quarter with 6-5 senior Chris Bates, another Wilson Prep transfer, flourishing inside.
The Warriors owned a 31-8 bulge when An’Quay Mosley finally ended the Bunn drought with a three-point play. By halftime, the Warriors boasted a commanding 36-14 margin.
Hunt failed to connect for a field goal the first five minutes of the second half, but the Wildcats were not much better, drawing no closer than 38-17.
The Warriors’ biggest lead came at 58-30 on 6-3 freshman Davon Jones’ free throw with 48.4 seconds showing.
Hunt swished 13-of-22 free throws and wound up with a 30-27 rebounding edge behind five recoveries each from freshman Tychaun Clay, Bates and May.
Mosley triggered the Wildcats with game highs of 15 points and nine rebounds.
Out of respect for the opposing team and its coaches, the winning head coach will seldom speak of an easy win. But the Warriors enjoyed an easy one Thursday night.
Rogers 5, Austin, Perry, Mosley 15, Dotsun 2, Brake 4,Taylor 3, McKeithan, Jones 3.
Hammond, Wade 9, Coley 7, Taylor 11, Hines 4, Clay 5, Jones 3, Ward, May 8, Bates 6, Brunson 5.
Score by quarters:
Bunn 8 6 12 6 — 32
Hunt 17 19 9 13 — 58