Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 11, 2013

Buzzer-beater by ‘Ace’ snaps Tigers’ win streak

HURRICANE — Ace Estep drilled a 3 at the buzzer to lift Hurricane to a 59-56 win over Princeton on Thursday night.

The Tigers had gotten up from the mat with three straight steals and scores in the final minute to tie the game at 66-all before Estep drained his game-winner.

Princeton opened well, leading 19-15 after one period, but the host Redskins dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 15-7.

After intermission, the Tigers came from seven points back on the strength of a pair of Hunter Walters’ 3s, and a Ryan Meadows 3-point play to lead 45-41.

Garrett DeFries hit a 3-ball late in the third and Princeton took a one-point lead into the final period.

Hurricane scored four unanswered before Walters hit another 3 and Estep responded with a backdoor score to give the Redskins a 5-point lead.

In the final minute-in-a-half, Princeton’s Aaron Ferguson converted a stickback and the Tigers trailed by just three, but Estep drained another 3 at the 1:25 mark and Hurricane led by six.

That is when the Tigers’ defense stepped up, forcing three straight turnovers, with Meadows converting at the rim on all three possessions.

The final score with 22 seconds left tied the game, but Estep hit the game-deciding shot.  

With the win, Hurricane is 8-2, and the Tigers dropped to 8-2.

Meadows led all scorers with 18 and was joined in double figures by Walters, who had 13, and Ferguson with 11.

DeFries led Hurricane’s balanced attack with 14. Henry Sorsaia added 13 and Estep scored 10.

Princeton returns to action on Saturday night at Spring Valley.

at Hurricane High School

PRINCETON (8-2)

Ryan Meadows 18, Derek Jennelle 4, Zen Clements 2, Hunter Walters 13, Kyle Caron 8, Aaron Ferguson 11.

HURRICANE (8-2)

Ethan Renick 4, Henry Sorsaia 13, Rasaah Harris 6, Trey Dawson 3, Garrett DeFries 14, Austin Carey 3, Ace Estep 10, Ian Miles 6.   

Princeton...........................................................19  7  19  11  — 56

Hurricane...........................................................15  15  14  15  — 59

3-point goals: PR 4 (Walters 3, Meadows 1); HR 8 (DeFries 3, Estep 2, Carey 1, Harris 1, Dawson 1). JV—HR 70-59.

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