Huntington knocks off Brookhaven in final seconds

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

FERRIDAY &8212; A three-point play by Ricky Dunbar with nine seconds left lifted the Huntington Hounds (4-1) to a 65-62 victory over Brookhaven Academy Monday night in Ferriday.

The Cougars had fought back from a 16-point deficit to tie the game on a Sawyer Wallace three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining, and another three point attempt as time expired sailed harmlessly short of the basket to give the Hounds the win.

&8220;We survived. That&8217;s all we did,&8221; said Huntington head coach David Boydstun. &8220;We had them down (16 points) and we couldn&8217;t finish it off, but we survived it.&8221;

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The Hounds only trailed at two points during the game: 1-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter and 32-31 in the first minute of the third quarter.

After Brookhaven took the lead, the Hounds went on a 17-0 run keyed on aggressive defense and a flurry of Antonio Jordan layups to take a 48-32 lead.

&8220;(The defense) got us out front,&8221; Boydstun said. &8220;We aren&8217;t making free throws like we need to, but this was a good team, and they&8217;ve been that way a long time. We&8217;re happy to get out of here with a win.&8221;

Jordan led Huntington with 27 points, while Ricky Dunbar scored 14.

T-Boy Lynch scored 19 to lead the Cougars, and Corey Dickerson pitched in 16.

Boydstun said the Hounds, who have won four straight since losing their season opener at Central Private, are progressing nicely early in the season.

&8220;We&8217;re coming along,&8221; he said. &8220;The football players are getting into basketball shape. We&8217;re not shooting the ball well right now, but that will take care of itself.&8221;

Huntington will next play Friday night when they host Silliman.