Tyler leads Bears past PCHS

Published 12:29 pm Monday, January 10, 2011

AHOSKIE – Dontez Tyler poured in 21 points to lead Hertford County to another league win here Friday.

The Bears, who also got 19 points from Jordan Jones, defeated Northeastern Coastal Conference foe Pasquotank County High School 61-52.

Despite trailing 2-0 early, the game was never really in doubt. Hertford County led 14-9 after one quarter and began to pull away in the second period.

The Panthers led 6-5 after a pair of free throws from Jaquan Respass, but Wayne Simmons buried a triple and Jones had a pair of free throws to push HCHS ahead 12-6.

A three-pointer from DaLina Gallop, who led the Panthers with 12 points, closed the gap to three (12-9), but Tyler scored before the first period ended to make it 14-9.

Following an Adrian Mullen basket to open the quarter, Tyler and Petey Boone scored back-to-back hoops to push HCHS to an 18-11 lead.

They led by six (20-14) later in the quarter before Jones had two free throws and a pair of hoops to give the Bears a 10-point edge (26-16) for the first time during the contest.

The Panthers were able to close the gap to seven at the intermission thanks to back-to-back scores from Darrin Shanks, but the Bears still led 30-23.

After the Panthers closed within five, Jones had a hoop and Boone scored from behind the arc to push the advantage back to 10 (37-27).

Mullen scored for Pasquotank to stop the spurt, but Jones and Tyler went on a 5-0 spurt for the Bears as Hertford County pulled away to a 42-29 lead.

After another Mullen hoop, the Bears scored the final seven points of the third quarter on a triple by Boone and consecutive scores from Tyler. They led 49-31 after three quarters.

Pasquotank got as close as seven (56-49) in the final quarter, but no closer as the Bears held on for their second Northeastern Coastal Conference win.

In addition to Jones and Tyler, the Bears got a dozen from Boone, four from D’Isaac Jordan, three from Simmons and two from Shabazz Atkins.

Hertford County (10-3) will travel to league rival Bertie High School on Friday.