Viking hoopsters open season by trouncing Homestead

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team opened its season in dominant fashion, trouncing Homestead, 69-46, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at North Arena.

The Vikings, 1-0, torched the Spartans’ defense while shutting them down on offense. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad sank 25 of 37 shots from the field for a sizzling 67.6 percent. The hosts also drained 13 of 15 free throw attempts for 86.7 percent.

In contrast, Homestead was limited by the Huntington North defense to 13 of 45 field marksmanship for 28.9 percent, which included an anemic 5 for 22 showing from beyond the arc.

The Spartans, 0-1, saved face at the charity stripe, where they went 15 for 18 for 83.3 percent.

Huntington North wasted no time building a big lead. The Vikings crafted a 19-8 advantage in the first quarter, which they expanded to 34-17 by halftime. The hosts enjoyed a 58-32 advantage by the end of three periods, then took their biggest lead of the contest at 63-36 in the final frame.

Zach Daugherty led the Huntington North attack with 17 points. Mitch Geller tallied 16 points while Hank Pulver tossed in 11 and Sawyer Stoltz notched 10.

Pulver helped facilitate the scoring with four assists.

Geller pulled down a game-high seven rebounds for the Vikings, helping them win the battle of the boards, 29-20.

Homestead was paced by Onye Ezeakudo and Luke Goode, who scored 17 and 13 points, respectively.

The junior varsity game saw the Spartans stick the Vikings with a 52-28 loss.

Jackson Curless and Sam Thompson led Huntington North with six points apiece.