DALE – The No.5 in Class 2A Dale Pirates returned from the winter break Tuesday and immediately went to work on the second half of their season. The Pirates deposited Luther 64-34 in one of their hottest 3-point nights of the season.

“I thought we shot the ball well. We hit eight three's that was probably a high for us for the season,” coach Jeff Edmonson said.

Brett Cunningham got the 3-point performance started with a trey to open the game and put up seven points of a 9-0 Pirates' run to start the contest. Drew Reed hit the second of the 3-pointer to finish up the quarter with a 7-2 run and take a 16-5 advantage going to the second.

Cunningham drained three more distance buckets and Aaron Hester hit two as the Pirates rallied 19-15 with a 35-20 difference at the break.

Dale kept things going with a 10-0 run upon their return, but gave up six unanswered points before Hester closed the third with an and-1 layup at the buzzer for a 48-26 difference.

Cunningham led the Pirates with 21 points while Hester and Cole Seaborn had 10 each and Seth Cody put up seven.

Seaborn had five assists and five rebounds and Gabe Gouge had five rebounds and four assists.

The game was the first back from the winter break for the Pirates, but Edmonson was happy with how his boys did. The boys have a tough challenge this weekend as they head to Kingston. The hope is to get a shot at Tallehena, Edmonson said, but they will have to get by Silo in their opener first.

“We'd like a shot at them, but we've got to take care of business against Silo first,” he said. “There's eight good teams in this tournament, but it's going to be fun. Every game's gonna be a good game and chance to make us better, playing good competition.”