Thursday, December 20, 2012

Drew Central 55 Helena-West Helena Central 52

DUMAS-A basket by Edmond Hunter  with four seconds lifted the Pirates of Drew Central to a 55-52 victory over the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars, despite losing a 13-point during a furious Helena comeback in the second half.

Helena-West Helena's defense held Drew Central to just four points through the first 11 minutes, but the Cougars missed several free throws and were 0-11 from 3-point range in the first half and could not break the game open.  After leading 13-4 in the second quarter, the Cougars went cold and Drew Central took their first lead 17-16 with 1:36 2nd and stretched the lead to 23-18 at the intermission.

Drew Central continued their run and pushed the lead to 33-20 before Delane Bedford ended the drought for Helena-West Helena and stopped the 29-7 run for the Pirates.  The Cougars then got their first 3-point basket from Keyshawn Simpson with 23 seconds to go in the third quarter to cut th elead to 37-29.  Helena-West Helena then steadily cut into the lead and with 4:09 to go in the game, Jeremy Hampton cut the lead to one at 46-45.  The teams went back and forth and with 14 seconds to go, Drew Central was called for a technical foul.

Delane Bedford hit 1-2 free throws to tie the game at 52-52.  Then, Hunter's basket put the Pirates ahead for good.  Drew Central added one free throw for the final margin.

Helena-West Helena falls to 1-3 on the season.

Andrew Bagley
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