Viking cagers blast Manchester behind Pulver, Daugherty

Huntington North's Hank Pulver unleashes a three-pointer over Manchester's Kamdyn Lester in action at North Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9. Pulver had a game-high 18 as the Vikings won big, 59-32.
Huntington North's Hank Pulver unleashes a three-pointer over Manchester's Kamdyn Lester in action at North Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9. Pulver had a game-high 18 as the Vikings won big, 59-32. Photo by Scott Trauner.

Hank Pulver and Zach Daugherty combined for more points than the entire visiting Manchester  team as the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team blasted the Squires, 59-32, on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Viking juniors rang up 34 points as HNHS glided to its season-opening fifth straight win. Pulver knocked down a game-high 18 points and Daugherty was right behind with 16.

Pulver also had game-highs with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots on the night.

The Vikings ran out to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter, expanded the margin to 31-14 by halftime and went into the final frame up 53-24.

Sawyer Stoltz added nine points for the Vikes, who hit 21 of 42 shots from the field for an even 50 percent on the night, including a 9 of 18, 50 percent showing from three-point land. The Vikes also hit 8 of 9 from the foul stripe for 88.9 percent.

Manchester, 0-4, was led by Koehl Fluke with 13 points and Mason Hamby with 12.

The Squires hit 13 of 45 shots from the field for 28.9 percent and only went to the line one time, missing that shot.

Behind Pulver’s board work, the Vikings had a 33-24 rebounding advantage.

The Vikings had 16 assists for their 21 field goals. Mitch Geller piled up six and Joe Stoffel added four.

The Vikings’ junior varsity fell, 38-36.

Aidan Hosler led HNHS with 12 points.