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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.”

 

 

Jamal Cain and Derrik Jamerson Team Up For Cornerstone To Better Ferndale University

13 Feb

photo-8In high school basketball, the odds of defeating a team twice are extremely low. Especially if the team has an entirely new makeup for the second time around.

Detroit Cornerstone Health and Technology avenged an 87-77 January 15th setback to Ferndale University with a 72-58 victory.

“It felt real good,” junior guard Derrik Jamerson said following the game. “Because I had to sit and watch the first time with out being able to help my team.”

More than half of the Wolves’ starting lineup did not play the first time Cornerstone and University met. Many transferred from Melvindale ABT to follow head coach Myke Covington, including the combination of Jamerson and sophomore forward Jamal Cain.

Cain and Jamerson accounted for 50 of the team’s 72 points.  Jamerson connected on at least one three pointer in every quarter, before finishing with seven all together.

“I just tried to make sure I got my shot up high in the air,” said Jamerson was the key to his shooting.

Jamerson had three 3s in the first quarter, and the Wolves opened up a 21-9 lead.

Ferndale University continued to struggle with Cornerstone’s trapping half court defense in the second quarter. Unable to find any continuity in their offense, the Eagles shot only 4-24 from the field in the first half. Cornerstone would lead 34-19 at half.

“The plan was the get the ball out of number three’s hands (senior point guard John Moore),” Jamerson said was the mindset going in. “And make his team make decisions.”

University woke up some to start the third, an 8-2 run in the first 2:24, yet was quickly thwarted away by Cain. Jamal scored 11 of his 23 points in the third, and a Derrik Jamerson three to conclude the third gave Cornerstone a 58-40 lead, their largest of the game.

“I think our combo is very hard to stop,” Jamerson said of him and Cain. “Because we are skilled, and yes I believe we have one the best combos in the state, but we also have a lot of work to do.”

The aforementioned Moore and junior Gehringer Ramirez attempted to provide resistance to the Wolves onslaught in the fourth. Moore would connect on back-to-back threes with 5:43 remaining to trim the deficit to nine. However, the Wolves would go on a 12-3 spurt spanning the next 3:16, capped off with a Jamal Cain fast break slam to put the icing on the cake for a Cornerstone victory.

Jamerson finished with a team high 27 points, senior point guard Tyreese Scales had 10 points and three assists, and Trey Burton added seven points and seven assists, Cain had 17 rebounds to go along with his 23 points.

Moore led University with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Ramirez contributed 11 points, and forward Marcus Davis scored 13 points, and hauled in 10 rebounds.

University falls to 10-3, while Cornerstone currently holds a record of 7-4. Cornerstone is in their first year of basketball competition, and per MHSAA rules, will not be allowed to participate in the March state tournament. The school could form into a perennial Class D contender, however, the program has other plans. As early as next season, Cornerstone might not be affiliated with the MHSAA, allowing the Wolves greater freedom in scheduling games, and distances to travel for contests, similar to a modern day prep school format. While it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Wolves, one thing is for certain, there is a growing power on the west side of Detroit.

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