As a byproduct, 6-foot-9 Obi Romeo got into foul trouble, allowing Hurricane to get shots it was unable to get with the lanky sophomore patrolling the inside.
"We went into a four-man man and floated our big man in the middle an awful lot," Justice said. "When they had someone that was a non-shooter in the game, we could man up and still float him and if we had any kind of penetration, he'd take care of it. We're tons better [when Obi Romeo is in the game] because we can put all kinds of pressure outside and if we get beat, he can take care of business at home."
The Redskins (4-6) nearly made enough headway from the perimeter to negate the Spartans' imposing inside figure. Hurricane hit 10 3-pointers on 27 attempts, highlighted by a 5-for-13 performance from leading scorer Garrett Tinsley.
Tinsley scored a game-high 28 points but couldn't get enough help to overcome East.
Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland said most of the Redskins' shortcomings came on the defensive side of the floor.
"Lack of discipline by some of our players," Sutherland said. "They didn't play defense like they were supposed to and didn't run the offense like they were supposed to. It's our third game this week, no excuses, but we just didn't play like we were supposed to. I think we're as good as Greenbrier East, we just didn't do what we were supposed to be doing."
Owen Browning tossed in 10 points for the Spartans, and Rasaan Harris had nine for Hurricane.
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