Chick-fil-A Holiday Hoops: Hunt’s 19 points lead KVA to title

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 09:57 PM

Kerr-Vance’s run of strong second halves continued in the Spartans’ Chick-fil-A Holiday Hoops Invitational title win over St. Thomas More Academy of Raleigh Saturday.

The tourney host Spartans put away a scrappy St. Thomas More team in the third, taking a 65-47 lead into the fourth quarter of an 88-59 win.

“We’re kind of a second-half team,” said KVA coach Dave Carrier. “We have to figure out how to bring out that energy to start the game. But I think a lot of that is our depth.”

KVA’s R.J. Hunt was the tourney MVP with 19 points Saturday and 25 in the Spartans’ 85-43 win over Crossroads Christian Friday.

“R.J.’s playing great,” said Carrier. “He and Brandon (Dickerson) really play well together and they make their teammates better.”

Dickerson had 18 Saturday and 16 points and 12 rebounds Friday. Tyson Carrier finished with 17 Saturday, including five 3-pointers. Derrius Perry was in double figures with 12.

Carrier credited George Hoyle, who finished with two points, for bringing an offensive and defensive spark off the bench for KVA.

“He just does things to help you win. I’m lucky to have him on my team,” said Carrier.

Hunt was joined on the all-tourney team by Dickerson along with Crossroads' Zach Reeves, Franklin Academy's Brandon Hanson and St. Thomas More's Dan Ligewski and Matt McCullers.

KVA led 20-12 after the first quarter and 43-30 at halftime.

St. Thomas More hit a 3 at the buzzer before halftime to stay in the game.

“They’re very well-coached. You can’t let up. They’re tough,” said Carrier.

KVA (11-1) returns to action Jan. 8 at home to Rocky Mount Academy.

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