The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team had a slim 22-18 lead on host Bellmont at the half of their game on Saturday, Feb. 9, but held the Braves to only nine points for the rest of the contest to win big, 50-27.
The Vikings, 10-10, gave a superior defensive effort, grabbing nine steals to the Braves' one and scoring 16 points off turnovers to none for the hosts.
Noah Reed's 16 points paced the Vikings, followed by Kalvin Miller's 12 and Caleb Landrum's nine.
Huntington North led 37-23 after three quarters and outscored the Braves 13-4 in the final frame to push the game to its conclusion.
Ross Smith came off the bench to lead Bellmont, 4-12, scoring eight points on 4 of 4 shooting.
Platt led the Vikings on the boards with six rebounds. Miller added four assists and four steals to the Vikings' cause.
Huntington North hit 16 of 48 shots from the field for 33.3 percent and 14 of 14 from the free-throw line for 82.4 percent. Bellmont hit 11 of 34 shots from the field for an almost equal 32.3 percent, but hurt itself with an 0-11 performance beyond the arc. The Braves hit 5 of 9 free throw tries for 55.6 percent.
The Viking junior varsity lost in overtime, 35-32.
Grant Canady led Huntington North with nine points on 4 of 6 shooting and eight rebounds.