CLAREMONT — Bunker Hill just seems to have the Huskies’ number over the past two seasons.
The Bears beat Ashe County for the third time in a row, this one in a much more heartbreaking fashion for the team in purple.
Bunker Hill’s Demarcus Ruff fired a running three-point shot at the buzzer that was nothing but net to hand the Huskies a 46-43 loss.
The Huskies held a slim three-point lead going to the fourth quarter, but the Bunker Hill defense held Ashe to just eight points in the final frame to come back and earn the victory.
Senior Malachi Poe led Ashe with 16 points that included three makes from beyond the three-point arc. He also led the team with eight rebounds and three assists.
Junior big man Jarod Carlton had his highest scoring game as a varsity player with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Defensively, the junior pulled down three rebounds and blocked three shots.
Grant Thompson scored four points, Noah Blevins added three, Alec Roland scored two, Luke Hudler scored two and Caleb Key added two points.
As a team, the Huskies shot 37 percent from the field but struggled a bit from outside hitting just 19 percent of their three-point attempts (3-16).
Ashe will get back on the court for a pair of home games this week, including a battle with rival Watauga on Tuesday before hosting Avery on Wednesday. The Huskies will close the week with the quick return trip to Watauga on Friday.
North Stokes 53, Elkin 41 (Nov. 18)
Alleghany 70, North Stokes 43 (Nov. 22)
Asheville Christian Academy 52, Avery County 46 (Nov. 22)
Alexander Central 68, Watauga 58 (Nov. 22)
North Stokes 61, East Wilkes 58 (Nov. 25)
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.