A late free throw by visiting Norwell became the game-winner as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball tem lost a 68-67 nailbiter in its regular season finale on Friday, Feb. 22.
Huntington North's Noah Reed hit earlier two free throws to knot the score at 67-67, the fifth tie of the night. But after the Knights' free throw gave them the lead, a desperation halfcourt heave by the Vikings' Kalvin Miller was off the mark.
Huntington North, 10-12, trailed 17-12 after the first quarter and 34-29 at halftime. The Vikings outscored the Knights in the second half, 38-34.
Reed led all scorers with 24 points, picking up many from the free throw line, where he went 9 for 10. The senior also dished out a game-high five assists and pulled down three rebounds.
Miller added 16 points to Huntington North's cause and Trenton Kern had 13 points to go with a team-high seven boards.
Josh VanMeter paced Norwell with 19 points, shooting 9 for 9 at the stripe.
Drew Shively tossed in 18 points for the Knights, followed by Piercen Harnish's 11 and 10 from both David Vogel and Cam Denney, who also had a game-high eight rebounds.
The teams shot the ball evenly for the game, with the Vikings hitting 20 of 45 shots for 44 percent and the Knights making 21 of 53 for 39. That parity carried over to the free-throw line, where Norwell sank 22 of 28 for 78.6 percent and Huntington North converted on 18 of 23 for 78.3.
The Knights, though, gave themselves more opportunities to score overall, collecting 16 offensive rebounds to the Vikings' seven.
The Huntington North junior varsity fell 44-39.
Cody Adams' 11 points led the team, followed by Grant Canady's 10, Luke Stroud's nine and Konner Platt's seven.
Adams also had a game-high 12 boards for the double-double.