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Knights rebound from loss, beat Hurricane 62-57

January 9, 2019
Cabell Midland's Jake Edwards (22) makes a pass as the Knights take on Hurricane in a boys high school basketball game on Tuesday at Hurricane High School.

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Rebounding helped Cabell Midland rebound from a loss to Spring Valley and defeat Hurricane 62-57 Tuesday night in boys high school basketball.

The Knights (7-1), ranked sixth in Class AAA, outrebounded the fifth-ranked Redskins 35-24 to bounce back from Saturday’s 70-65 setback to Spring Valley. In that defeat, Cabell Midland trailed by 25 points before rallying within two. For a while Tuesday, the Knights appeared on their way to a repeat deficit, falling behind 11-0 before storming back for the victory.

“It was nice to see how the kids bounced back,” Cabell Midland coach Rick Chaffin said. “We have a tendency to start out slow. I told them before the game we couldn’t afford to get behind like that again. Then we did.”

The Knights took their first lead at 30-29 on a basket by freshman guard Chandler Schmidt, who led all scorers with 23. The teams traded the lead until the 4:16 mark of the third period when Ty Sturm swished a 3-pointer, one of nine Cabell Midland made, to give the Knights a 40-37 lead they didn’t relinquish.

Sturm’s basket began a 10-0 run to give the Knights their largest lead, but Hurricane rallied hard, pulling within two twice in the final 3:06. The Redskins were within 58-56 after a pair of free throws by Joe Muto with 33 seconds left in the game, but Schmidt and Tanner Paugh sandwiched two foul shots each around a pair of Muto free throws to stave off Hurricane’s attempt to tie.

Cabell Midland took advantage of strong offensive rebounding, as well as hitting the boards on the defensive end to rarely allow the Redskins more than one shot, to overcome 16 turnovers. Jake

Edwards grabbed nine rebounds and Sturm snagged eight to go with 12 points.

“Jake and Ty always do a good job rebounding,” Chaffin said. “Our guards have to contribute, too, though. We don’t have great height, so our guards have to rebound. We did that and played pretty good defense.”

The Knights started in a zone defense, but the Redskins quickly exploited holes in it for easy shots to take a 19-16 lead. Chaffin switched to a man-to-man defense in the second period and Hurricane scored just 12 in the quarter to lead 31-30 at halftime.

Chaffin made another adjustment during intermission, reminding his players to move the ball more quickly. They did and open shots became more prevalent in the second half.

“We were catching the ball and holding it,” Chaffin said. “We needed to move it faster. We changed our offense in the second and third quarters to look for cutters and use our post-up game. Hurricane had taken away the 3-point shots we were getting early and we needed to change it up. Our guys responded well.”

Austin Dearing led the Redskins with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Nicely scored 15 and Muto 11 to go with eight rebounds.

Cabell Midland returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when it entertains Huntington High. Hurricane returns to the court at 8 p.m. Friday against Tug Valley at the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout in Williamson, West Virginia.

CABELL MIDLAND 16 14 19 13 — 62: Sturm 12, Riggio 3, Collins 1, Edwards 7, Schmidt 23, Paugh 12, Straub 4.

HURRICANE 19 12 11 15 — 57: Nicely 15, Young 6, Williams 3, Womack 4, Dearing 18, Muto 11.

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