They spend most of the game heaving long-range

By Tom Hardesty Record-Courier staff writer Published:

They spend most of the game heaving long-range bombs at the basket and are prone to catching fire and simply crushing teams under an avalanche of 3-pointers.

And the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders found themselves buried under just such a landslide Tuesday night.

Behind the marksmanship of seniors Eddie Hunt and Ryan Canale, the host Pirates parlayed a near-perfect third period into a 74-57 non-league win over the Rough Riders.

Southeast, trailing 29-26 at the half, put on a clinic in the third quarter. The Pirates scored 29 points in the period, canned five 3-pointers and scored 16 unanswered points at one stretch, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 55-40 lead heading into the final period.

The Pirates nailed 11-of-15 from the field in that decisive third period and were perfect from 3-point range. Hunt, who poured in 12 points in the third, then started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and Canale followed with two straight baskets for an insurmountable 62-40 cushion.

Hunt finished the night with 29 points to lead all scorers, with Canale adding 21.

"There's no secret to Southeast _ they're shooters," said Roosevelt coach Tom Larkin, whose team fell to 1-1 on the season. "If those guys heat up they're tough to beat, especially as active as they are on offense.

"They do a tremendous job of shooting the ball. You have to give them a lot of credit. Those guys can flat-out knock it down."

Dunn, whose squad improved to 2-0 on the season, was pleased to see his team finally shake the doldrums from Friday's narrow win over Waterloo.

"I think the first half was kind of a carryover of our last game," he said. "We came out stagnant. It was ugly at both ends.

"To the credit of our kids, they responded in the second half and picked it up. At halftime we focused on rebounding and trying to push the ball to use our depth to our advantage _ nine guys saw a lot of time tonight. They played hard in the second half and made good decisions offensively and defensively."

The Pirates led 14-12 after one period, but a 15-3 run gave the Rough Riders a 27-20 lead in the second and they eventually carried their 29-26 edge into halftime.

But the Pirates were a different team coming out of the locker room.

Three-pointers by senior Nick Dillon and Hunt put Southeast up 32-31, then a 3-point shot by Canale made it 37-31, prompting a Roosevelt timeout at 6:02 of the third.

But Southeast was just getting started. The Pirates scored eight straight points to complete the 16-0 run and lead 45-31, forcing another Roosevelt timeout.

The stunned Rough Riders never recovered.

"The third quarter was obviously the difference in the game," said Larkin, who got 19 points apiece from senior Matt Kane and sophomore Ernie Cobbin. "We're ahead by three at the half and down by 15 after the third quarter. When shooters get in a rhythm they're going to continue to knock 'em down, and that's what they did. Once they get in a rhythm, it's hard to get them out of it."

The win represents the third straight year the Pirates have beaten the Rough Riders.

"It's a good win for our program, beating a Division I team with good athletes," said Dunn. "Beating them for the third straight year is nice and it says a lot about our program."

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Southeast 74, Kent Roosevelt 57

(At Southeast)

KENT ROOSEVELT (57) _ Matt Kane 5 8-10 19; Ernie Cobbin 8 1-3 19; Troy Burrell 3 2-2 8; Mike Byler 3 1-2 7; Joe Hostler 2 0-2 4; Thad Bzomowski 0 0-0 0; Jason Coleman 0 0-0 0; Sam Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-19 57.

SOUTHEAST (74) _Nick Dillon 3 0-0 8; Eddie Hunt 12 0-0 27; Ryan Canale 8 2-2 21; Ryan Groves 1 0-0 2; Scott Stephens 1 2-2 5; Mark Lavigna 2 0-0 5; Jimmy Eskridge 1 2-3 4; Carl Dorris 0 0-0 0; Jimmy Seaman 1 0-0 2; Nick Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 6-7 74.

KENT ROOSEVELT 12 17 11 17 _ 57

SOUTHEAST 14 12 29 19 _ 74

Three-point goals _ Kent Roosevelt (3-12): Kane 1-4; Cobbin 2-5; Burrell 0-2; Moore 0-1. Southeast (10-26): Dillon 2-4; Hunt 3-10; Canale 3-8; Stephens 1-3; Lavigna 1-1.

Total Fouls _ Southeast, 19-14.

Total Rebounds _ Kent Roosevelt, 39-31.

JV Score _ Southeast, 42-35. Leading scorers: (SE) Dan Pringle 13; (KR) Israel Victor 13.

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