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Estes lifts University High past Cloudland

January 20th, 2015 10:34 pm by Gene Renfro

Dustin Estes' 8-0 scoring spurt helped University High to a 48-42 win over Cloudland Tuesday at Brooks Gym.

The senior posted the third quarter's last five points and then hit a three in the fourth to turn a 29-25 deficit into a four-point lead. The margin remained above four the rest of the way.

Estes was also clutch down the stretch. With 68 seconds left, Cloudland's Preston Benfield was called for a technical foul. Estes made one of the shots and added three more points on free throws in the next 36 seconds to make it 44-37.

Estes led all scorers with 19 points which included two 3-pointers.

The Bucs improved to 3-3 in the conference and 9-11 overall. Included in that record is the first season sweep of Cloudland since Justin Penley's first season at the helm in 2007-08.

"We took care of the basketball for the most part," Penley said about his team's effort. "We knew coming in that was going to be an important factor in determining if we're in the game at the end. The second thing we emphasized was rebounding. I felt like Cloudland is too good of a team to give second chances too."

Cloudland's Zac Benfield completed an old-fashioned, three-point play with 25.9 seconds remaining to make the score 46-42. A turnover gave the ball back to the road team, but a miss gave the Bucs the rebound with 10 seconds remaining and they held on for the win.

After a back and forth start, the Highlanders used Zac Benfield for four points to grab an 8-3 lead late in the opening quarter.

Cloudland kept a lead until it was 13-10 three minutes into the second quarter. Preston Ontengeo scored to start a 7-0 Buc run that was capped by a Dayshawn Hamilton 3-pointer. The Highlanders tied things at 17 apiece, but a three from Estes and a three-point play by Collin Newberry ended the half as University High led 23-17. Newberry tallied 14 points on the night.

University High started the second half with a bucket from Newberry, but the Highlanders posted the next dozen points with a balanced attack. Dalton Vines and Zac Benfield both tallied four points apiece in that run.

Zac Benfield finished with 15 points to lead the Highlanders while Preston Benfield was responsible for 11 more.

"At times it was a slow, grind it out game and we were able to make a few more shots than they were tonight," Penley added about his squad that went the final 4:31 of the game without a field goal.

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icon UH hangs on for win against Providence

January 16th, 2015 10:45 pm by Jeff Birchfield

pictureBrent Fields and Collin Newberry gave University High the veteran leadership which coach Justin Penley has been looking for on Friday night.

Fields hit a late 3-pointer and a free throw, while Newberry took a key charge with seven seconds left to help the Bucs hang on for a 45-43 win at Providence Academy after the Knights missed a potential game-tying layup with two seconds left.

"You want to see some leadership in late-game situations and those guys made enough plays for us to survive," Penley said. "It's a learning process for us because even though those guys are seniors they haven't played a ton. It was back and forth, back and forth, but those guys made some big plays at the end."

With Newberry scoring 13 points and Fields netting 11, University High improved to 8-11. The Knights, who got a game-high 17 points from Caleb Backus, fell to 9-10 after the tough defeat.

"Both teams played really hard and it came down to they made one more shot than we did," Providence coach Martin Sells said. "We missed several key layups. We will have to learn from it and grow."

Fields' 3-pointer was the second big shot he had behind the arc. He hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the first quarter to give University High a 12-8 lead.

"It was a huge game," Fields said. "It's developed into a pretty good rivalry and this is always a hard place to play. Those guys really came after us so getting this win was huge."

Both teams were cold from the field in the second quarter with the Bucs holding an 18-15 lead at the half.

The pace picked up near the end of the third quarter and Trevor Trujillo's steal and breakaway layup gave Providence a 27-26 lead heading into the final quarter.

Backus gave the Knights a 31-29 lead on a breakaway dunk with 6:38 left, but Dustin Estes responded with a 3-pointer on the other end for the Bucs and a 32-31 lead.

They battled back and forth until Dayshawn Hamilton gave UH a little breathing room on a pair of 3-point goals. Still, Providence kept fighting back and gave itself a chance to win.

Trujillo added nine points and Jackson Graham had seven for the Knights. Hamilton reached double digits for the Bucs with 10 points.

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icon University High picks up conference win at Cloudland

January 9th, 2015 11:17 pm by Gene Renfro

ROAN MOUNTAIN — University High used a productive second quarter and withstood a second-half barrage for a 65-61 win at Cloudland in the boys' contest on Friday night while the Lady Highlanders were 65-43 winners earlier.

The second quarter for the Bucs included an 18-2 run in which five different players scored. Dayshawn Hamilton knocked down a 3-pointer with 3:30 left in the half to make it 22-20 for the road team during the run. That was the first of the next 13 points that went toward University High who owns an overall record of 6-10 and now 2-3 in the conference.

Cloudland made one last push, but Preston Benfield's 3-point attempt with four seconds left didn't missed and UH's Brent Fields grabbed the rebound. He was later fouled and hit a free throw to ice the contest. Fields led the road side with 15 points, nine of which came in the third quarter.

"It's been a roller coaster season. I just kept telling our guys we were playing well in spurts and again tonight it was more of the same," University High head coach Justin Penley said. "We just made enough plays there at the end to grind one out. The thing that I'm most proud of is that it was a lot of different guys contributing."

Earlier in the second half the Highlanders turned up the pressure and used a 12-0 spurt in just 65 seconds of the third quarter to make it 41-38. Another four-point rally brought the home side within a point, but Fields hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the right wing to extend the margin. He totaled four long-range scores in the contest.

Cloudland carried a 12-0 run from the third quarter into the final one to seize a 54-51 lead with 5:53 to go. Hamilton did it again from long range with two makes to swing the advantage back to UH, 59-58, with 3:22 to play. That was the 12th and final lead change of the game. Hamilton tallied 13 points thanks in part to a trio of 3-pointers.

The final four points for University High came at the free throw line as the Bucs didn't make a field goal for the final 2:54. Dustin Estes had three of those points from the line in an 11-point effort.


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