A fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team in its game against visiting New Castle on Saturday, Jan. 19, as the Vikings lost 66-63.
Huntington North trailed by just three at the half, but saw that deficit increase to 19 in the third quarter when the Trojans outscored them 23-7.
Huntington North responded by going off for 29 points in the game's final frame, but New Castle's 13 was just enough to give it the win.
Matt Hogan's 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting led the Vikings, 7-8, 1-2 in North Central Conference play. Keaton Irwin added 12 points to the Huntington North cause on 5 of 7 shooting and Noah Reed and Paul Ehler each supplied nine, the latter going 3 for 6 from beyond the arc.
The Trojans' three-point shooting keyed their win, as Steven Bennett, Abe Haler and Korey Ryan shot a combined 10 for 17 to help them reach point totals of 23, 21 and 11, respectively.
The Vikings, in contrast, made only 6 of 17 shots from three-point land for 35.3 percent, but were a little closer in overall field goal percentage, 46.1 to New Castle's 55, on 24 of 52 shooting to the Trojans' 22 for 40.
Huntington North downed New Castle in the junior varsity game, 45-39.
Jordan Seabolt led the Vikings with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, which included a 3 for 5 showing from downtown.