Huntington North High School
By The Den's Mike Rice
The Dekalb Barons took to Huntington's Bob Straight Court looking to break a 3 game losing streak that had dropped their season record to 5-9.
Standing in their were the 12-3 Huntington North Vikings, themselves the riders of a 3 game streak, this one of the winning variety.
Dekalb drew first blood, knocking down a pair of early free throws to take a 2 to nothing lead. Unbeknownst to the Barons, the lead would not only be short lived, but it would be their only one of the night.
The Vikes soon countered with a three pointer from guard Devin Newsome and followed with 3 free throws from Zack Daughtery in route to opening a 9-2 advantage. Drawing on some hot opening quarter shooting from Trey Williams, Huntington North would stretch their advantage to 8 points, 17-9 at the end of the first stanza.
The second quarter saw Huntington North pound the ball inside to Sawyer Stoltz and Hank Pulver, while DeKalb tried to remain within striking distance behind the outside shooting of Dalton Smith.
Smith would finish the first half with 15 points, but didn't get much help from his teammates as the Vikings led 34-21 behind Pulver's 8 points.
The Barons looked to rally in the third quarter, opening the game's second half with a 3 ball from Caleb Nixon to close the gap to 10 points. The remainder of the 3rd quarter was a seesaw match, with the teams trading baskets until Newcomb's three pointer at the buzzer pushed the lead back to 14 points at 51-37 for Huntington North.
The game's final eight minutes opened with a familiar theme as the Barons completed another three point play, this one the old fashioned way.
Dekalb was able to whittle the deficit to as low as eight points, but the Vikings would turn back their charge and pull away for a 13 point victory, 63 to 50.
Williams led Huntington with 13 points. Smith paced Dekalb with 22.
HNHS 17 17 17 12 - 63
Dekalb 9 12 16 13 - 50
THe Vikings were victorious in the JV contest, as well, defeating Dekalb 52 to 46.
Huntington North was led by Aidan Hosler and Sam Thompson, each with 14 points and blistering team shooting that saw them hit 20 of their 30 field goal attempts.
HN JV 10 15 17 10 - 52
Dekalb JV 13 8 15 10 - 46
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