3-ball deserts Hurricane in fourth quarter collapse

CEDAR CITY – When the 3s are falling, life is good. For three quarters Friday night, life was good for the Hurricane Tigers. The fourth quarter was another story.

hurricane-smcedar-smHurricane traveled north to face the Cedar Redmen in Region 9 action and, after leading the game most of the night, the Tigers were outscored 17-6 in the fourth quarter, resulting in a heartbreaking 51-46 road loss.

The Tigers started the game hitting lights out from beyond the arc and built a good-sized lead.

“We did not get many open opportunities in the paint because of their size,” said Hurricane coach Todd Langston. “But we had good penetration and kick-outs for some open looks outside.”

For the game, Hurricane would connect on 11 3-pointers, four coming from James Bennion. At halftime, the Tigers held an eight-point lead, 31-23. They stretched the lead to 10 points shortly after the break. Shortly before the end of the third quarter, Tiger point guard Kaden Langston picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench.

Redmen guard Kordan Nielson took quick advantage of Langston’s absence and scored nine of his game leading 16 points during that stretch and by the time Langston had returned midway through the fourth quarter, the 10-point lead had been erased. Langston was not in the game long before picking up his fifth foul.

The Redmen surged ahead with less than two minutes to go. Hurricane had the ball, down three, 49-46, with less than a minute.

“We had a play designed on a pick and roll,” Coach Langston said. “But we overthrew on the roll and the pass sailed out of bounds.”

The Redmen would add two more points for the final tally, 51-46.

Dustin Staggs joined Nielson in double-figures with 15 points. The Tigers were paced by Bennion and Cody LeBaron with 12 points each.

Cedar has now won four straight, moving to 7-5 on the season and 2-1 in Region 9 play. The Redmen travel to Pine View on Wednesday. Hurricane drops to 5-9 with its third straight loss. The Tigers are 1-3 in Region 9. They will play at Snow Canyon Wednesday.

Stats: CHS 51, HHS 46

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