BUFFALO, W.Va. — The Hannan boys basketball team had its 2012-13 campaign come to a close Monday night during a 77-50 setback to Huntington Saint Joseph in a Class A Region IV, Section 2 quarterfinal at Buffalo High School in Putnam County.
The fifth-seeded Wildcats (4-19) kept pace with the fourth-seeded Irish (3-19) for a half, but the hosts went to a three-quarter court press after halftime that gave the guests fits — allowing St. Joe to go on a 44-18 run after the break to wrap up the 27-point decision.
The triumph allowed the Irish to advance to the semifinals, where they will face top-seeded Charleston Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will play the winner of the Wahama-Buffalo contest on Friday in the Section 2 final.
Hannan trailed 17-10 late in the opening period, but closed the first quarter with a 7-0 run to pull even at 17-all after eight minutes of play. Both teams traded leads in the second canto, but the hosts eventually managed a small 16-15 run to secure a slim 33-32 edge at the intermission.
Huntington St. Joe seized control of the game in the third quarter with a 23-12 surge to claim a 56-44 lead headed into the finale, then the Irish closed regulation with a 21-6 charge to wrap up the double-digit outcome.
Paul Holley led HHS with 16 points, followed by Tyler Burns with 11 markers. Brad Fannin, Kade McCoy and Tyler Jenkins each contributed six points, while Ty Paige and Adam Wilson rounded out the respective scoring with four points and one marker.
The guests made seven trifectas and went 13-of-20 at the free throw line for 65 percent. It was also the final basketball game for seniors Austin Akers, Jason Black, Brad Fannin, Tyler Jenkins and Elijah Sowards in the Blue and Gold.
Thomas Rabel paced St. Joe with a game-high 27 points, followed by Michael Mayes with 19 points and Paul Dransfield with 12 markers. The Irish netted two three-pointers and went 9-of-13 at the charity stripe for 69 percent.