Community Senior Point Guard Kyrahl Hunt Carries Hurricanes Past Cornerstone 58-57

18 Feb

IMG_0113Detroit Community senior point guard Kyrahl Hunt did not want to lose.

The 5’10” point guard is listed as the Hurricanes’ shortest player, yet proved he can carry a team if the opportunity arises.

Hunt scored 21 second half points, exactly half of the team’s output, for Community to erase a double-digit deficit and defeat Cornerstone 58-57.

“It was a big win after letting that Hamtramick game slip away,” Hunt said following the game.  “We had to bounce back.”

“I can’t even explain how much I didn’t want to lose.”

The Hurricane offensive performance in the first half was so poor, one Cornerstone player scored the same amount of points as Community’s entire team.  6’5″ sophomore wing Jamal Cain had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the opening half.  Cain was one of the Wolves who did not play in the first meeting on January 6th, a 78-45 Community beat down.

“It’s not always easy to beat the same team twice in one year.” Hunt added.  “We were short handed two starters also.”

Community was down usual starters James Jenkins and Demario Turner, which meant both teams had only eight players to work with.

“Our coach told us we don’t look like a championship team,” Hunt said was Coach Raymone Johnson’s message at half.  “And that we needed to come out and match the other team’s intensity.”

The Community comeback started in the third.  Kyrahl would score seven straight points late in the third to put the Hurricanes  down single digits 45-37 entering the fourth.

Hunt would continue to dominate the fourth, scoring 12 points in the stanza alone.  Community held a brief one point lead with 3:02 remaining.  However, Cornerstone point guard Trey Burton connected on a three, and then senior guard Tyreese Searles completed an and-one to give the Wolves a five point lead with 2:10 left.

Community could’ve easily folded, not on Hunt’s watch.  Kyrahl came down the court, and buried a three to place the Hurricanes down one with 1:10 left.  Searles would draw a foul with the game tied at 56 with 22 second remaining. Searles would make one.  Following a Detroit Community timeout, Kyrahl Hunt received the inbound, took a few dribbles, and found a wide open teammate at the rim from half-court to give Community the 58-57 lead they needed.

Cornerstone had the ball with nine seconds left, and then four seconds after the ball went out of bounds.  Searles drove the ball from the top of the key, got into the lane, found an open teammate, but from no where, Hunt came from the weak side to block what might have been the game winning layup for Cornerstone.

“I read the whole play,” Hunt said about his block.  “And turned out making a big play for my team.”

In an environment which modeled a playoff game, Hunt has a thing or two for when the lights shine bright.

“It was a loud atmosphere.”  “I like when the crowd is loud, it builds up my momentum.”

Hunt finished the game with 25 points, four rebounds, and three steals and assists respectively.  Hunt did most of his work at the free throw line, with 15 out of 19 on the night from the charity stripe.

Jamal Cain led Cornerstone with 23 points and 18 rebounds, however, only seven came in the second half, and three in the fourth quarter.  Searles added 15 points and five assists.

Hunt will take the win, but doesn’t believe this is the formula for Community to be successful when the stakes are higher in March.  The Hurricanes need balance from both their starters and bench players.  Fortunately for Community, the playoffs start in three weeks.

“We have to come together as a team,” Hunt added.  “We haven’t been playing together how we are suppose to.”  “We also need to learn how to execute more.”

 

 

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