East outlasts Hunter Huss
Travis Waldroup Rodriguez scored 26 points and the rest of the starters also scored in double figures as East won a hard fought game against Hunter Huss, 85-77.
“This was a great game between two great teams,” said coach Brad Levine. “This felt more like a college basketball game. Once we were able to space the floor we got confidence and really started to play well.
Hunter Huss showed their speed and power in the early going. Both Jalen Curry Jerimiah Hunter had steals in the open floor and finished with thunderous jams.
Travis Waldroup- Rodriguez kept his team close with 10 pints in the quarter including a deep three. But they had no answer for Curry who also reached double digits in the opening frame.
Jarvis Hopper connected with a long shot from beyond the arc however, to pull East within 25-19 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cavs made their move to start the second quarter exploding on a 15-2 run. Waldroup-Rodriguez and Donald Wilkins keyed the run by getting hot from the outside. Rodriguez tied the game at 26-26 with a three and Wilkins then connected on two straight from deep to expand to six.
East gained a ten point advantage midway through the quarter on a Harper layup, but Huss began to claw the back. A Hunter three just before the break accounted for the 39-32 halftime tally.
The scoring came fast and furious in the third quarter. Rodriquez fired the opening salvo with another three off a curl. Curry turned the same trick for the visitors on the next trip down the floor. Those two possessions personified the back and forth nature of the quarter.
Neither team could grab the momentum in the game, but T.J. Watkins came up with a pair of hustle plays that led to easy baskets to keep his team in front 59-52.
Armed with a seven point lead, East kept its foot on the gas. Watkins locked down Curry on defense and East slowly pulled away. Wilkins canned another three and Watkins did the same. That opened up the lane for East and Roddric Ross. He was continually fouled in the paint and calmly sank seven of eight foul shots in the quarter. East then slowed the game and went into the four corners.
Watkins showed off is passing ability finding Hopper on a pair of back door cuts. When the dust settled, East had jumped out to an 18 point lead. Huss would not go away and cut the deficit down to seven points with 12 seconds left, but Ross hit one of two foul shots to seal the 85-77 win.