Bears roll on hardwood

Published 2:26 pm Friday, December 11, 2009

RED OAK – Hertford County keeps on winning.

Wednesday night the varsity boy’s basketball team at HCHS picked up where the football team left off – by rolling to victory. The Bears got 21 points from Petey Boone and 18 from Jordan Jones as they rolled past Nash Central 68-42.

“I thought we played hard,” said veteran Bears’ basketball boss Charles Simmons. “We saw some really good things tonight and some things we need to work on. Overall, it was a good first win.”

HCHS wasted little time getting their offense going, scoring 17 points in the first quarter and holding a 17-7 lead after one period.

Dontez Tyler scored the first point for Hertford County on a free throw, but Boone was the first to hit from the floor, burying a three-pointer that made it 4-0.

Following a pair of Brandon Thomas free throws for the Bulldogs, HCHS rolled off 10 unanswered points to take a commanding lead. Boone again hit from behind the arc before Jones added a pair of free throws. Tyler and Boone hit back-to-back field goals and then Jones added another free throw to make it 14-2.

Nash Central got a three-point play from Devonte Dickerson, but Jones scored for the Bears to make it 16-5.

The second quarter also started well for HCHS as Boone hit a three-pointer before Jones added a hoop and a free throw to push the Bears ahead 23-7. Thomas hit another pair of free throws before Jones scored for the Bears.

The teams continued to exchange hoops until the Bears closed the quarter on an 8-0 run. Dekimis Perry and Derrick Benthall hit back-to-back threes before Brian Beale scored a field goal that gave the Bears a 35-15 halftime lead.

The third quarter started well for HCHS with Perry adding another bucket that pushed the lead to 22 (37-15).

The Bulldogs were able to make a small run, outscoring the Bears 8-4 during a small spurt midway through the quarter which closed their deficit to 18 (43-25). The teams went back-and-forth from there until Jones scored at the end of the period to make it 51-31.

The fourth quarter was good to Hertford County as well when the Bears started off with a Boone triple and a field goal from the hands of Mike Morris.

Nash Central was never able to get the lead under 20 during the final period as the Bears pulled away to an easy first win.

In addition to those in double digits, the Bears got eight from Benthall, seven from Tyler and five each from Perry and Morris. Beale contributed four.

Thomas led Nash Central with 10 while Dickerson and Domonique Holloway had eight each. Lewis Speight added seven points.

The Bears were back in action last night (Friday) when they traveled to Edenton for the Northeastern Coastal Conference opener. They will be back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Elizabeth City to face Northeastern High School.