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Hurricane 64, Emery 49

Tigers get 1st win, Panthers, Thunder roll


Written by  on December 7, 2014 in Cedar CityDesert HillsDixie HighEnterprise,HurricanePaysonPine ViewSportsTop Sports Stories - No comments

RICHFIELD — It was a busy day in high school hoops with the teams making last minute preparations for region play, which actually begins Wednesday.

At the 2A/3A Preview in the Sevier Valley Center, Region 9 teams went 4-1 with Cedar, Pine View, Hurricane and Desert Hills all capturing wins and Dixie losing a double overtime thriller to Grantsville.

Canyon View also played, but lost, on the road and there were a couple of girls games Saturday as well. Here’s a look at the action from a busy hoops day around southern Utah:

Hurricane 64, Emery 49

James Bennion is the battery that makes Hurricane go and he was fully charged Saturday afternoon in the Sevier Valley Center.

Bennion, a senior shooting guard for the Tigers, made five 3-pointers and tallied 21 points as Hurricane blew out Emery. At one point in the third quarter, Bennion tossed in three treys and a 90-second span to help change a close 26-23 game into a big 39-28 Tigers advantage.

“Bennion is definitely the catalyst to our team,” HHS coach Todd Langston said. “When he’s shooting well, we play well and feed off of him. He’s learned to go to the basket this year, plus shoot the ball from outside, so we definitely need James on the floor.”

Hurricane also got a nice lift from Jayden Long, who is recovering from a broken wrist suffered playing football for the Tigers. He came off the bench to toss in 12 points and had 11 of those points during a key stretch late in the third and early in the fourth.

Emery had pulled to within 42-37 on the sharp shooting of Tai Justice. But long came in with a spark of energy and the Tigers went on a 17-3 run that started with a minute left in the third and ended on a Long layup with just under four minutes to play. The five-minute put the Tigers comfortably ahead at 59-40.

“It’s a lot of fun to come here and play some teams that we typically don’t get to play,” Langston said. “Also, it’s a good experience to get away from Hurricane and stay up here as a team for one night and bond. It’s a lot of fun for us.”

Hurricane had not won at the 2A/3A preview until Saturday, which made the experience even better for the Tigers.

Hurricane, 1-2, shot 44 percent from the floor and committed just 9 turnovers compared to 25 TOs in Friday’s loss to Morgan. The Tigers host Dixie Wednesday night.

Stats: Hurricane 64, Emery 49