Huntington Hounds lose in consolation game

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 14, 2009

RAYMOND — A night after a tough, physical semifinal game, the Huntington Hounds struggled to recover and fell to Claiborne Academy on Saturday 49-36 in the MPSA Class A South State Tournament consolation game Saturday.

The Hounds fell into an early deficit and never could catch back up to Claiborne.

“Friday night, that bunch we played was very quick and physical and just kind of ran our legs out from under us,” coach David Boydstun said. “We had just one night to recover, and we obviously didn’t recover too well.”

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Boydstun said the Hounds shooting Saturday night couldn’t compare to Friday’s performance against CM&I either.

Huntington was behind by 5 points after the first quarter and 10 at the half.

Tyler Peré and Kevin Brown both scored 11 points to lead the Hounds.

“Our shots weren’t falling,” Boydstun said. “We just struggled on offense tonight. We were just flat, and we didn’t play our best ball.”

Oliver Willis led Claiborne with 16 points, and Stephen Dowies added 13.

The Hounds will be the No. 4 seed in the MPSA Class A State Tournament next week against the North’s No. 1 seed — either Delta Academy and Tunica Academy.