Bears upend First Flight

Published 5:10 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2011

AHOSKIE – The Bears continue to use a balanced scoring attack.

And the wins keep coming for Hertford County and Head Coach Charles Simmons, who is just two wins away from the elite 500-victory club.

Tuesday night the Bears dispatched First Flight 64-42 to improve to 13-3 overall and 5-1 inside the Northeastern Coastal Conference.

Jordan Jones led HCHS with 19 points while Dontez Tyler had 17 and Petey Boone added 10. Max Konstanzer led the Nighthawks with a game-high 27.

The Bears didn’t start quickly Tuesday, however, as First Flight took a 15-11 lead after one quarter. Much of that came thanks to a trio of three-pointers from Konstanzer that staked the Nighthawks out to an 11-6 lead.

Dontez Tyler and Dwight Vaughan had late scores to help the Bears close within 13-11, but Billy Foster established the four-point edge just before the first quarter ended.

Tyler started the second period with a three-point play before Jones scored to give HCHS a 16-15 edge.

Chris King hit a deuce and Konstanzer buried another triple as First Flight surged ahead 20-16.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Jones and D’Isaac Jordan had back-to-back buckets to tie the score.

Konstanzer hit another triple, but Tyler and Jones had successive shots to push the Bears back out in front. Konstanzer’s deuce switched the lead again before Jones hit 1-of-2 at the free throw line to tie the game at 25-all heading into halftime.

Fleet Jernigan gave the Nighthawks the early lead in the third quarter, but the Bears responded with six straight – four from Tyler and two from Jordan – as they took a 31-27 advantage.

Konstanzer again tried to keep his team in the game with a triple, but Wayne Simmons rolled off six straight points followed by a Tyler hoop to give HCHS a 39-30 lead.

They added one point to that edge by the end of the period and led 46-36 heading into the final quarter.

Once there, the Bears continued to pull away, scoring seven of the first nine points of the final quarter to lead 53-38. HCHS also went on an 11-2 run to close out the game as they pulled away for the 22-point win.

In addition to those in double digits, the Bears got eight from Simmons and four from Jordan. Dekimis Perry, Jestin Thompson and Vaughan each had two points.

The Bears will look to avenge their only loss in the league Friday when they travel to Northeastern. They will return home Monday for a contest with conference foe Currituck.