Morristown East’s Micah Simpson is back to what has become his normal scoring ways.
After getting just nine points in the previous game, Simpson matched his career high by gunning in 36 Monday night at Isenberg-Siler Gym to lead the Hurricanes to an 86-60 rout of West Ridge.
It was the eighth victory without a loss for Coach Alden Collins’ team, which faces a big challenge on the road at Knox Bearden tonight.
The Hurricanes gunned in 13 three-pointers in the convincing victory. Kyle Cloninger and Tyson Frost added 10 points each for East while Caleb Hall had eight, Braden Ilic seven and Cooper Wright six.
Simpson and Hall had six each in the first quarter as East took a 20-17 lead at the first rest stop. Two of Hall’s baskets came on layups after passes from Simpson.
Barb scored the first basket of the second frame to get the Wolves within one but the ‘Canes ran off 13 unanswered points to break the game open.
Simpson and Cooper Wright hit three’s and Simpson had two other buckets in the spurt. Johnson hit a triple for the Wolves but Simpson, Cloninger and Keegan Mink scored for east and it was 39-22. Simpson’s three at the buzzer gave the Hurricanes a commanding 45-26 lead at intermission.
East led by as many as 21 in the third quarter when Simpson gunned in three more three’s and added another bucket. It was 66-45 at the final stop.
Tyson Frost hit two three’s with Simpson and Carter Gilliam adding one each and the ‘Canes led by as many as 33 after a tip-in by Goins with 1:45 left put them up 86-53 before the Wolves scored the final seven points.