ASHTON, W.Va. — A rough night for the home team.
The Hannan boys basketball team led in the opening minutes of the game against visiting Van, but the Bulldogs ultimately took the victory 79-23 on Tuesday night in Mason County.
The Bulldogs (3-0) stymied the Wildcats (1-2) both on offense and on defense throughout the contest.
The Blue and White opened the game with a three-pointer from Isaiah Burgess in the opening minute of the game. The visitors responded with a 16-0 run, lead by Taylor Jarrell’s six points. Burgess gave Hannan another basket toward the end of the first quarter. Jarrell and Nathan McQueen netted consecutive buckets to give the Bulldogs a 20-5 advantage after one period.
Cole Poore netted the first basket of the second quarter for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs responded with a 12-0 run, led by two shots from beyond the arc from Gavin Smith. Ryan Gerlach netted a basket for Hannan late in the second quarter. Burgess ended the first half on a three, but the Wildcats trailed 40-11 heading into the break.
The visitors led Hannan 17-3 in rebounds in the first half of the contest. The Wildcats turned the ball over 10 times after 16 minutes, while Van had three turnovers.
The Blue and White scored its first basket of the second half at the 5:50 mark off a shot from Dalton Coleman. Van proceeded on a 10-0 run in the middle of the second quarter. Malachi Cade ended Van’s run with a lay-up at the 2:46 mark. The Bulldogs ended the third quarter on a 8-0 run. The visitors took a 61-15 cushion into the finale.
Hannan looked to turn its bad luck around in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats scored three baskets in the first three minutes of the period, but the Bulldogs answered back at every turn. Brandon Moore scored three consecutive baskets in the later half of the game to finish the home team.
Van finished the game shooting 32-of-61 field goals for 53 percent, while Hannan shot 10-of-43 from the field for 23 percent. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Blue and White 33-to-13. The Wildcats turned the ball over 14 times, while Van committed six turnovers.
Burgess led the Wildcats with 11 points, followed by Matthew Qualls with three points. Coleman, Gerlach, Cade and Chase Nelson each had two points in the contest, while Corey Hudnall contributed one point for Hannan.
Gavin Smith paced the Bulldogs with 14 points, followed by Jarrell and Cole Prouse with 12 points each. Daniel Gibson and Tyler Stewart each had eight points, Logan Crouse finished with six points for Van.
Hannan will host Mountain State on Thursday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106