HURRICANE, W.Va. - On a night in which its vaunted 3-point shooting turned as frigid as the air outside the gym, Hurricane found out just how valuable a big man like Henry Sorsaia really is.
The Redskins, known for their shooting from distance, went an abysmal 1 for 15 from 3-point range and found themselves down 15-11 after the first quarter as the misses piled up.
Enter 6-foot-5 Sorsaia, who asserted himself after that initial barrage of clanks and piled up 29 points and 10 rebounds as Hurricane (4-1) rode its post player and pressure defense to a 57-46 win over Parkersburg on Tuesday night.
Sorsaia scored 10 of his points in the second quarter and nine in the third as the Redskins turned that early four-point deficit into a 13-point lead entering the final period.
"We recognized that I was definitely a lot better in the paint than Parkersburg's big men," Sorsaia said. "So we started working in there and I got going and we started going in and out."
"We try to preach inside-out, and when we go inside-out our outside shots start falling," Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland said. "It's not rocket science, it's just strictly basketball sense, basketball smarts. You go inside-out, you get in a rhythm, and your shots will go in."
The outside shots never did start going in for Hurricane on Tuesday, but its defense proved more than capable of winning a game.
Sorsaia added three blocks and three steals and solidified the middle while Hurricane's pesky guards harassed Parkersburg ball-handlers all evening, forcing the Big Reds (1-4) into 28 turnovers, including 10 in the third quarter alone.
Outside of a superhuman effort from Parkersburg's Ja'Darien Wade, who hit 11 of 11 shots from the floor and his only foul shot en route to a team-best 23 points, the Big Reds managed just 10-for-40 shooting and took only three free throws.
But despite the impressive defensive numbers, Sutherland was a long way from happy with his team's overall performance.