Bears top Aces

Published 4:15 pm Monday, January 7, 2013

AHOSKIE – The Aces came in – well, all Aces.

Edenton was 8-0 for the season and 1-0 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference.

The Bears meanwhile were just 5-6 overall and an even 1-1 in the league.

It was the recipe for the Aces to pull off a road victory.

The problem came in that no one told the Bears. HCHS got 17 points from Jquwan Ruffin and 12 from Ryan Weaver as they knocked off the Aces 65-42 Friday night.

Despite the big victory, veteran HCHS basketball coach Charles Simmons wasn’t overly pleased with his team’s performance.

“We were very inconsistent tonight,” Simmons said. “We played well at times and played really poorly at times. We need to work on being more disciplined on offense.

“We did play well on the defensive end,” the coach added. “Even though we need to make some adjustments, any time you get a win in this league, it’s a good win.”

The Bears made short work of the Aces in the first quarter. After falling behind 2-0, the Bears never looked back. Ruffin buried a triple and a deuce back-to-back and the Bears took a 5-2 lead and never relinquished their advantage.

Edenton got within 5-4, but Ruffin buried a three-pointer, Weaver scored and then O’Shane Ximines converted an old-fashioned three-point play and the Bears were up 13-4.

They maintained a comfortable margin and then added to it just before the end of the quarter. Dorrien Askew had a bucket that was followed by free throws from Jemel Monger and the Bears led 20-8 after one period.

Over the opening minutes of the second period, the Bears pulled away to a 30-13 lead thanks to three-pointers from Maurice Earley and Tyquan Davis.

Edenton then responded by scoring the final six points of the quarter thanks to hoops by Trayvon Jackson and Kyheem Stanley and a pair of shots from the charity stripe off the hands of Tyquorick Johnson.

The result was a 30-19 halftime lead for the Bears.

Hertford County extended the advantage to 26 (53-27) by the end of the third quarter thanks to a 16-0 run that put away any thoughts of an Edenton comeback.

In addition to those in double figures, the Bears got eight each from Monger and Jarrett Sexton, seven from Ximines and five from Earley. Darius Wright added three, as did Davis. Askew had two points for HCHS.

Stanley and Deion Capehart paced Edenton with eight points each. Nyreese Moore, Jack Wood and Johnson had six each for the Aces.

The win boosted the Bears to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the league. The Aces, meanwhile, dropped to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.