Boys Basketball Schedule

Beatty scores 20, Tigers beat Rams in a thriller

By: Justin Giles December 13, 2014 

HURRICANE – They say defense wins championships, and that’s exactly what the Hurricane boys basketball team is looking to do this season as the Tigers took on Parowan in a non-region game Friday night at home.

With a packed house, the Tigers knew they couldn’t let the home crowd down and with a swarming defense and a big fourth-quarter run, held off the Rams, 51-47, in a highly entertaining game.

“Parowan is a great basketball team,” Tigers head coach Todd Langston said. “We knew that coming in with all of the starters that they were returning from last year. It was another battle tonight and we were fortunate to get the win.

Hurricane forward Austen Beatty led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists. Reagan Hinton added 11, James Bennion had eight and Tyson Yardley pitched in six for the Tigers.

Parowan’s Brenan Rowely led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Jake Smith chipped in 11 for the Rams.

It didn’t look good early on for Hurricane as Parowan jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the opening quarter. Seconds later, Bennion had to come out of the game after what looked to be a serious injury. He would later return midway through the second quarter.

Parowan made to sure to capitalize with Bennion out as the Rams pushed the lead to 11-3 after another Rowely baseline jumper.

That’s when Langston had seen enough. After calling a timeout and making some adjustments, the Tiger defense turned on the pressure and forced the Rams into tough shots and several turnovers.

The Tigers closed the half on a 13-6 run to cut the lead to just three at the half.

“Parowan played really well at the start and jumped out to a big lead,” Langston said. “I kept telling our guys to create more pressure on defense and we threw a couple of different zones and traps at them and that helped turn the game around for us.”

The Rams returned a number of players back from last year’s state tournament run and looked poise to steal a win on the road in a very hostile environment.

Unfortunately for the Rams, Jeremiah Ieremia entered the game and completely changed the momentum in the Tigers favor. Even though Ieremia didn’t fill up the stat sheet, he did the little things that put the team in great positions all night long.

“Everybody played their hearts out tonight,” he said. “It was a great game by both sides and I tried to do whatever I could to help our team succeed. We had an amazing crowd and we wanted to get this win for them.”

With the home crowd cheering them on, the Tigers went on a 9-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to claim its first lead in the second half. Beatty scored eight straight points for the Tigers as his teammates kept on feeding him the ball.

“Austin is great athlete,” Langston said. “He can really do it all for us. He’s not only big and strong, but he’s quick also and he came up big for us tonight.”

The Tigers sealed the game when Bennion snatched the ball away from Tanner Robinson and made a great pass to Jayden Long who then found Hinton for a layup. That put the Tigers up 47-42, with just over a minute left to play to seal the win for Hurricane.

After the buzzer sounded, players celebrated in the student section as they won their second game on the year.

We love the home crowd,” Langston said. “They love to come and watch basketball games and we need to make sure they have something to cheer about. I was wondering if we were going to do that early in the game, but it worked out in the end. I’m really proud of our guys tonight.”

With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-3 on the season and look to get their first region win next Wednesday as they travel south to take on the Pine View Panthers. The game will tip off at 7 p.m.