Hornets JV team never trails on the way to win over Cyclones

By Rob Patrick

Photos by Kevin Nagle

Cedarrian Crosby scored 11 points while Brushawn Hunter and Ryan Hall added 8 each as[more] the Bryant Hornets junior varsity team never trailed on the way to a 37-24 win over the Russellville Cyclones JV on Tuesday night.

Bryant's Ryan Hall (34) goes up for a shot in front of a Russellville defender and teammate Jaylen Peterson (24). (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Crosby and Hunter each hit 3-pointers late in the first half that helped the Hornets extend a slim lead. They eventually led by as much as 18.

Ketrick Wilson and Kevin Rudd added 4 points each and Jaylen Peterson added a basket for the Hornets.

The game was tied 2-2 before Wilson hit the offensive glass and scored with 6:07 left in the first quarter, putting the Hornets ahead to stay. Rudd’s driving jumper made it 6-2.

After Russellville scored, Hunter canned a pull-up jay then beat the buzzer ending the first quarter with a 3. And when Crosby scored off a baseline drive to start the second quarter, the Hornets were up 13-4.

The Cyclones whittled the margin down to 13-10 and had a chance to get closer only to turn the ball over. Crosby cashed in with a 3 and, after another Russellville miss by CoChese Temple-Laws, Hunter drained his second troika and the lead was back to 9.

It was 21-12 at the half.

Bryant's John Winn (20) guards Russellville's Kregan Kordsmeier. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

And when Rudd scored the first basket of the second quarter, Bryant had its first double-digit lead. Hall followed up with a pair of buckets, one off a nice feed by Rudd, as the lead ballooned to 27-13.

Tyler Allen scored Russellville’s first points of the second half with 3:59 left in the third quarter. Kregan Kordsmeier dropped a 12-footer and the lead was back to 10.

In the final seconds of the period, however, Hall got free inside and scored to make it 29-17 going into the final seven minutes.

The Hornets put the game away by scoring the first 6 points of the period. Crosby hit two free throws and Peterson scored inside. Though Davonte Howard couldn’t get a free throw to go, John Winn hustled after the rebound for Bryant and whipped a feed to Crosby for a layup that made it 35-17 with 5:09 left to play.

Russellville scored 7 uninterrupted points but a layup by Wilson set the final score with 2:24 left to play.

The Bryant JV is set to play again this Friday at Cabot.

Bryant's Brushawn Hunter (22) goes high to get a shot away. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Cedarrian Crosby (15) led the Hornets JV with 11 points. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

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