Vikings' offense goes dry in sectional championship game loss to Homestead

Viking forward Mitch Geller heads to the rack in the Huntington North Boys' Basketball Sectional championship game against Homestead on Saturday night, March 3. The Vikings' season ended with a 40-39 loss.
Viking forward Mitch Geller heads to the rack in the Huntington North Boys' Basketball Sectional championship game against Homestead on Saturday night, March 3. The Vikings' season ended with a 40-39 loss. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North offense went dry in the final quarter and let Homestead sneak out a 40-39 win in the championship game of the Huntington North Boys’ Basketball Sectional on Saturday, March 3.

Finishing at 19-7 on the season, the Vikings went into the final frame holding a 33-31 lead, but scored just six points in the frame -- only three until Joe Stoffel gunned in a trey at the buzzer to make the score closer.

The Spartans, 18-7, advance on to the regional at Logansport on Saturday, March 10.

Homestead led after the first frame, 12-11, but the Vikings went into halftime with a 21-18 margin.

Joe Stoffel led the Vikings with 11 points and Mitch Geller threw in seven.

Homestead was led by Onye Ezeakudo with 13 points. Sam Buck added 12 points and Grant Raber notched 11.

Neither team shot well from the field for the contest as HNHS hit only 12 of 32 shots for 37.5 percent and Homestead clicked on 12 of 29 for 41.4 percent. The Vikings added 8 of 9 from the charity stripe for 88.9 percent and Homestead hit 8 of 13 for 61.5 percent.

Geller added team-highs in rebounds and assists for the Vikings with six boards and four dimes.