The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team outlasted host New Haven with a 58-57 overtime victory on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Senior Keenan Leichty sank a pair of clutch free throws for the Vikings at the end of regulation to knot the game up at 52-52 and force the extra period. Leichty's performance at the charity stripe set the tone for overtime, where Coach Rob Irwin's squad made 6 of 8 freebies to take the game.
The Vikings led by nine points midway through the final quarter before New Haven fought back to take the lead.
Senior Kyle Platt notched a double-double for Huntington North, 4-1, dropping in a game-high 19 points while collecting 11 rebounds. Junior Caleb Landrum and sophomore Konner Platt added 13 points apiece and combined with the elder Platt to sizzle the nets from three-point land, nailing 8 of 13 attempts.
The Bulldogs led 16-10 after the first quarter, but the Vikings responded to tie things up by halftime, 27-27. The deadlock persisted through three frames, 34-34, and ultimately through the fourth quarter, due to Leichty's heroics.
Steve McElvene scored 18 points and corralled 13 boards to record a double-double for New Haven and help the hosts win the rebounding battle, 38-28. Jordan Hogue netted 15 points and Lowell Griggs supplied 11.
Keaton Irwin added five assists to the Vikings' cause, and Grant Canady and Kyle Platt both had three steals.
Huntington North converted 14 of 37 field goal attempts for 37.8 percent and went 22 for 32 from the line for 68.8 percent. On the other side, New Haven went 19 of 51 frm the field for 37.3 percent, and 18 of 28 from the stripe for 64.3 percent.
The Vikings won the junior varsity game, 34-23.
Sophomore Granville Shultz paced Huntington North with 13 points and six rebounds.