Hurricane, W. Va. –After two upsets earlier in the day #2 Tolsia ( 12-11 ) took care of business with a 79-57 victory over #7 Hannan ( 2-18 ) Saturday night in the first round of the Region 4 Section 2 tournament at Hurricane High School.
Jesse Muncy who was saddled with foul trouble led the Rebels with 23 points including 19 in the second half, Tyler Johnson tallied 21 points, Austin Salmons netted 17 points, Zack Ball chipped in with 12 points and Steven Ward scored 6 points.
Tolsia hit 4 three pointers and went 16 of 26 from the free throw line.
The Wildcats were led by Casey Lowery and Logan Barker with 16 points each, Chandler Starkey tallied 8 points, Beady Edmunds had 6 points, Dustin Rainey 5 points and Dakota Watkins 4 points.
Hannan hit 7 three pointers and went 6 of 14 from the free throw line.
HHS 18 8 18 13 = 57
THS 21 17 19 18 = 79
The Rebels will advance to play #6 Van at 8:00 Tuesday after the Bulldogs stunned #3 Huntington St. Joe 64-61 in the middle game Saturday.
In the first game #5 Buffalo hit 2 free throws with a second left to beat #4 Sherman 60-58. The Bison will play #1 seed Tug Valley at 6:00 Tuesday.
The Championship game is slated for 7:00 Friday night at Hurricane.
Tolsia Head Coach Todd Maynard
“… Give Hannan a ton of credit they gave us all we wanted. I knew going in that it would be a tough one. When it is win or go home teams play different. They have a few seniors who really stepped up and they hit shot after shot in the first half to hang around. In the second half we took control before they rattled off nine straight points to cut it to 51-44. I called timeout and we regrouped and started attacking the basket more. We got the ball in the middle of the floor and Zack and Austin went to work. I thought Muncy really took it strong in the fourth quarter to extend the lead and we closed out the win.”
“… We will have to play much better Tuesday against Van. The play so hard for Coach Gogas who does a great job with that program. They have played a tough schedule and should have beat us at their place early in the year.”