HVA boys hang on, 62-57

Road victories don’t come easily in District 4-AAA boys basketball but Hardin Valley Academy nabbed one Friday night, Jan. 20, at West High School.

The Hawks were embroiled in a close one and withstood a late surge from the Runnin’ Rebels to record a 62-57 victory.

“It was great to get a league win on the road,” Hardin Valley head coach Shane Chambers said after his squad solidified its hold on second place in the league standings.

West (12-10, 4-4 after the loss) trailed most of the way as HVA improved to 12-8, 7-2.

“This was a pretty tight game most of the way,” Chambers said. “I was really proud of the way that we hung in there and finished. I knew that West would play hard on their home court and they did. They made a late run at us but we were able to hang on and get that big road win.”

Tristen Waite paced a balanced HVA scoring attack. He finished with 23 points and knocked down five 3-pointers. Luke DeFur added 13, Tanner White nine and Hunter Huff had eight.

DeFur, White and Huff each knocked down a shot from beyond the arc in the game.

Chambers said that he has been pleased but he also added that his team’s battle is far from over.

“To be in second place at this point is great,” he said. “We’re really excited to be where we’re at.

“But we have a long way to go and we still have some big road games left. We just have to keep playing and playing well. We have to take things one game at a time.”