The Rutland Hurricanes turned in a complete performance in a 91-72 victory over Perry in GHSA Region 2-AAAA action Tuesday night.
Rutland and Perry entered the contest tied for first place at 8-3 in region play along with Veterans and Baldwin.
Our mindset was that we had to win this game, Rutland head coach Ron Christian said. It didnt matter if it was by two or by 10, we knew that we had to win two out of three in order to be in the top two so that we can make it to state.
Six Hurricanes finished in double figures, led by Shakenneth Williams 16 points. Tylik Evans scored 14 and picked up nine of Rutlands 26 assists in the game.
Thats a good night for us when we have five or six players in double figures, Christian said. Any time we can get more than four, then were doing our job and these guys are playing as a team. We need these guys to play as a team instead of one or two guys carrying us if were going to win a state championship.
The outcome was never really in doubt. A 19-4 run to close the first quarter gave Rutland an eight-point lead, which it extended to 12 at the half. The Hurricanes went on to lead by as many as 21 in the third quarter.
Kevin Ford scored 17 points for the Panthers as he tried to pick up the scoring lost with standout guard K.J. Smith not available for the game.
Everybody pushed it and played together as a team, Williams said. Nobody missed their assignments, and we were just out there playing hard. Fastbreak is our number one offense, and thats what we did. Even our bench came in and gave it all that they had and played together. Thats all you can ask for.
The Hurricanes made it a clean sweep in the girls contest with a 53-46 victory to move to 10-2 in region play.
Eboni Watts led all scorers with 23 points. Aaliyah Cheatham paced Perry with 22.