Boys basketball: Dead-eye Tigers shoot past Richfield

Hurricane vs. Richfield, Boys Basketball, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 16, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

HURRICANE — Reagan Hinton and Landon Barker scored 15 points each and the Hurricane Tigers shot 57 percent from the floor in a 67-62 win over Richfield Wednesday night at the Tiger’s Den.

Kirt McDaniel added 12 points and four assists for Hurricane, which has won three in a row after a one-point loss to Canyon View to open the season.

hurricane-logorichfield-logoThe Tigers were out-rebounded 25-15, but made up for the disparity by shooting lights out. Hurricane was 21 of 37 from the floor and 12 of 19 from 3-point territory. Barker had four of those treys and all nine of Jackson Last’s points came on made 3-pointers.

It was a tight contest throughout, with the Wildcats holding a 29-27 halftime advantage. Hurricane grabbed the lead early in the third on a three-point play by Hinton that made it 30-29, with the lead see-sawing back and forth from there until late in the third.

Hurricane's Reagan Hinton (32), Hurricane vs. Richfield, Boys Basketball, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 16, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Hurricane’s Reagan Hinton (32), Hurricane vs. Richfield, Boys Basketball, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 16, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

With Richfield leading 38-37, the Tigers reeled off six straight on back to back 3s by Barker and Last, making it 43-38 with two minutes to go in the third. A basket by RHS’s Porter Robinson cut it to 43-40 a moment later, but Jack Stevenson hit a trey for the Tigers to give them their biggest lead of the night to that point at 46-40 with under a minute left in the third.

In the fourth quarter, Richfield rallied to within 49-48 with about five minutes left on a free throw by Matthew Griffin, but Hinton quickly pushed it out to 51-48 on a pair of free throws.

The Tigers briefly led by seven at 59-52 on another Barker trey with 3:09 to play. Richfield rallied and pulled to within 60-58 after a pair of 3-pointers by Jaylon Steck. Once again, Hurricane looked to senior post Hinton, who responded with a bucket inside with 1:38 to play. A pair of McDaniel free throws then iced it after a Richfield miss and the win was secure for HHS.

Hurricane, 3-1, will play three games this weekend in the Coach Walker Classic. Thursday is a late 9:30 p.m. tip against 4A Viewmont at Dixie State’s Burns Arena. Friday, the Tigers battle Manti at 5 p.m. Saturday, Hurricane will play at 1 p.m. against Springville with the both of those games taking place at DSU’s Old Gymnasium.

Richfield, which got 20 points from Steck and 15 from Stetson Southwick, fell to 6-3 with the loss.

Stats: Hurricane 67, Richfield 62

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1 Comment

  • Sportsfan December 17, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Landon Barker actually had 18 points and 5 3pointers, instead of 15 points and 4 3pointers.

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