HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Huntington —Saint Joseph Central that is — hung a hundred on Hannan.
Host Huntington St. Joseph jumped out by scoring the game’s first 13 points — and went on to coast past the visiting Wildcats 106-70 in a Class A, Region IV, Section 2 boys basketball tilt on Saturday night.
The Irish amassed the first 13 markers in a matter of two minutes and 15 seconds, and built a 28-11 advantage following the opening period that soon swelled to 49-27 at halftime.
The Irish then amounted 31 points in the third period —compared to only 16 more for Hannan.
St. Joseph, despite being outscored 27-26 in the fourth frame, held an insurmountable 80-43 advantage after three quarters.
With the loss, the Wildcats ended their season at 7-15, while the Irish improved to 14-9.
Deaundra Murphy, who poured in 24 points to pace the winners, scored 16 of those 24 in the opening half —as half of his points (12) were the result of four three-point goals.
Noah Bolten came off the bench to score 16 points for St. Joseph, as Owen Huffman had 13 and Bronson Barker and Isaac Bias 12 apiece.
John Morrison, with 10 points, made it six Irish players in double figures.
Hannan’s Dalton Coleman tied Murphy for game-high honors with 24, while Corey Hudnall had 16 points in the loss.
Chandler Starkey sank eight points for the Wildcats, while Josh McCoy canned seven and Malachi Cade another six.
Logan Nibert, Luke Tilka and Matthew Qualls connected for three points apiece for the guests.
It marked the final game for Hannan’s two seniors: Hudnall and McCoy.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106