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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.”

 

 

Detroit Community Holds Off Arbor Prep 63-56

31 Jan

photo-5It’s an opportunity Detroit Community senior point guard Kyrhal Hunt has been waiting for the last two weeks.  A chance to play.

Hunt sustained an injury in Community’s 61-57 loss to Metro League rival River Rouge on January 14th.  In Hunt’s absence, the Hurricanes went 2-1, but suffered a crushing setback to Detroit Edison on Wednesday.

Fueled by a desire to reunite with his teammates, Hunt had to prove to himself, and even his coaches, he was able to play at a high level in the Hurricanes’ victory against Ypsilanti Arbor Prep.

“My coach thought I wasn’t ready to play yet,” Hunt said.  “I just tried to prove to my coach that I was ready to get back on the court and lead my team to a win.”

Hunt, came off the bench, and made his presence known later in the game.

In the first half, threes were flying for both teams.  Community had five, and Arbor Prep had four within the first six minutes for their opening 12 points.  However, Community was able to build a commanding 39-28 lead at intermission on the play of 6’6″ forward Demario Mack.  Mack, a versatile inside-outside presence, scored 14 in the opening half of action, and recorded 5 rebounds.

“Demario Mack is a huge piece to our team,” Hunt added.  “He’s a beast on the glass.”

The Hurricane onslaught continued in the early second half.  Dominating the paint and getting a hand on loose balls and every rebound, Community would hold their largest lead of the contest with 3:44 left in the third at 45-30.  Yet, it would happen again.  Hunt would take an awkward fall after a foul, and left the game late in the third with an apparent calf injury.

Hunt and Community’s resilience would once again be tested.  Arbor Prep mounted a comeback spanning from the beginning of the fourth to 6:20 left to put the Gators down six.  Hunt would return and hit two crucial pull up jump shots to keep the Gators at bay down eight with 4:54 remaining.  Arbor Prep would keep the deficit under ten for the rest of the fourth.  Senior guard Adrian Harrison would connect on two threes to place Arbor Prep down 55-52 with 1:58 left in the game.

It would be Community’s turn to respond.  At 1:35, Hunt held the ball at the top of the key, he attempted to throw a pass, unfortunately the ball was deflected and Hunt was forced to retrieve the ball in the Community backcourt.  On this potentially disastrous play, Arbor Prep would’ve had the ball down only three.  However, Hunt found the ball, and threw and perfect full-court pass to teammate RJ Smith for an and-one layup to place Community up six with 1:18 left.

Arbor Prep was unable to respond to the game changing play by Hunt. Demario Mack and Jimere Thomas would hit four free-throws with under a minute away to seal the win for Community.

“We played hard and as a team.” Hunt went onto say. “They were making some big shots.  We just got back on defense and played hard.”

“I wouldn’t trade my team for anything.”

Mack would lead Community with 17 points and nine rebounds, Hunt added 11 points, five in the second half, and three assists, and Demario Turner contributed ten points.

Michael Donatelli led Arbor Prep with 17 points and six rebounds, and Adrian Harrison scored 14 points and three assists.

Community improves to 10-3, while Arbor Prep falls to 7-6.  The performance for Community is what Hunt would label a “team win.”  But Hunt would also say the Hurricanes aren’t flawless.  Kyrhal said the team needs to avoid lapses on offense, and limit turnovers.  The Hurricanes are only two years removed from playing for a Class B state championship, and Hunt believes his team has the opportunity to compete for hardware again.

“We have all the pieces to win a state championship in class B.”  “We have alot of things we need to work on, and that’s going to be expected.”

“We also like being the under dogs, that make us work harder.”

 

 

 

 

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