Hunt eclipses 1,000 career points in KVA loss

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 12:25 AM

Derrian Markham and R.J. Hunt have led the way for Kerr-Vance this season, combining to average nearly 40 points per contest.

Markham and Hunt continued the trend Friday, combining for 38 points in KVA’s 76-56 loss to St. David’s.

Markham scored 18 on his Senior Night while Hunt, a junior, scored 20 to finish the evening with 1,005 career points.

Hunt is quick to credit his teammates for helping him reach the milestone.

“They make me the player that I am,” said Hunt. “When I see them working hard, I try to work my hardest. At the end of the day, it’s really not about the points for me. It’s about working as hard as I can for them.”

Hunt entered Friday averaging 23.6 points and has received interest from a handful of Division I schools. The combo guard nailed a 3 in the third quarter to reach 1,001 before hitting a step-back jumper to get KVA (10-11, 4-10 Eastern Plains Independent Conference) within a point.

But St. David’s, which racked up points off turnovers throughout the game, finished the quarter on a 12-5 run and outscored the Spartans 23-11 in the final period.

“St. David’s has done a great job against us,” said KVA head coach Dave Carrier. “They turn turnovers into points better than anybody we’ve played all year. That’s been a problem with us, turnovers and rebounding. They beat us up on the boards and turned us over a lot.”

Carrier calls Markham, the lone senior, the most improved player he’s ever coached. He improved his scoring average by about 12 points from last season to this season and it started with dedicating himself in the offseason, Carrier said.

“I guess it paid off,” Markham said of offseason and preseason workouts. “I never pictured that I would be the only senior on the team. But it feels good having to take leadership.”

Hunt said that leadership has rubbed off on him.

“It’s hard knowing I won’t have him next year,” said Hunt. “I love playing with him.”

David Huff added seven points for KVA and Jordan Coghill finished with six.

The Spartans will play at either St. David’s or Rocky Mount Academy in the first round of the EPIC Tournament on Tuesday.

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