WILLIAMSON, W.Va. - Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland admits it was "one of those unknowns'' playing Greater Beckley Christian in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout Saturday.
Turns out that what the Redskins didn't know almost hurt them.
Trey Dawson tossed in 25 points and Henry Sorsaia had 21 points and 14 rebounds as Hurricane held off the previously unbeaten Class A Crusaders 69-60 during the all-day hoopfest at the Williamson Field House.
Greater Beckley (7-1), the No. 2 team in Class A, trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, but rallied to take the lead twice in the final period before the Redskins retaliated.
Dawson scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, including a 6-of-6 effort at the foul line in the final 51 seconds.
"Going into it, it was one of those unknowns,'' Sutherland said. "We didn't know what to expect. Our kids knew that. They're a real good basketball team with real good players.''
The Crusaders leaned on a pair of all-state-potential players in Elisha Kidd (23 points) and guard Javonne Staunton-Bailey (20 points, nine rebounds). Their individual skills prevented Hurricane (8-2) from employing a man-to-man defense.
"We couldn't guard them man-to-man,'' Sutherland said, "so we had to go back to the 2-3 zone, and that worked well until we started sinking off them too much and they started sinking those 3s in the third quarter.
"We've got to learn that basketball games are 32 minutes and not 26. When we do that, we'll be OK.''
Sorsaia did most of his damage in the first half and had racked up a double-double by halftime (12 points, 11 rebounds). Dawson, meanwhile, hit three straight 3s at one stage and made all but two of his 10 shots overall.
"Henry is very physical,'' Dawson said, "and not a lot of people can guard him very well. When he gets physical, he's tough to guard.''