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WENDELL — A series of defensive stops allowed the Hunt High varsity boys basketball team to escape with a season-opening 65-62 victory at East Wake on Wednesday.
The visiting Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference were down three points with under two minutes to play but pulled ahead 63-62. Hunt then thwarted the host Warriors on back-to-back possessions before hitting a pair of free throws to go up 65-62 then stopped East Wake on the final possession.
“That’s a big win for us because that’s really good team,” Hunt head coach Dwight Taylor said. “We saw them over in Rocky Mount at the jamboree (two weeks ago) and they beat us by about 30!”
Sophomore point guard TyChaun Clay led Hunt with 18 points, including four of Hunt’s six 3-pointers, while classmate Davon McKayhen-Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Blaize Keen tossed in 13 points and senior ShaKei Hines added 10 points. Senior Shaq Wade snatched seven rebounds.
East Wake got 23 points each from Zach Sloan and Javon Mercer. Sloan connected on six 3-pointers.
The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Warriors were also playing their season opener.
Hunt visits Eastern Wayne on Friday.
Clay 18, Wade 4, Keen 13, Hines 10, Carmon 5, McKayhen-Jones 12, Joyner 3.
EAST WAKE (62)
Sloan 23, Mercer 23, Elerby 5, Crudup 11.
Score by quarters:
Hunt 17 20 11 17 — 65
East Wake 17 17 14 14 — 62