The host Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team dug itself too deep of a hole in the middle two quarters and could not rally back far enough in the final frame as it fell to host Homestead, 48-42, in its season-opener on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The Vikings were down at the half, 27-17, and fell into their deepest hole at 37-20 late in the third quarter before coming back in the fourth frame to make a game of it.
Noah Reed led the Vikings with 18 points. Kyle Platt added eight points and six rebounds and Trenton Kern had six points and six rebounds.
The Vikings hit only 15 of 44 field goal attempts for 34.1 percent and went 6 of 9 at the free-throw line for 66.7 percent.
They got out-rebounded, 41-26.
Homestead was paced by Nick Gamble and Seth Coate with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Spartans hit 20 of 52 shots from the field for 38.5 percent and added 5 of 12 from the stripe for 41.7 percent.