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Vikes stomp Mississinewa in OT to get first win
Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:54 AM
The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to tie the game in regulation, then stomped visiting Mississinewa in the extra frame to gain a 77-63 win on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Kyle Platt and Trenton Kern early in the OT gave North, 1-1, a lead it would not relinquish, and the Vikings outscored the visitors 19-5 in the extra session to get their first win of the season.
Although the teams exchanged the lead 10 times during the game, the Vikings were on the bottom at every break prior to forcing the overtime. Mississinewa was up 16-11 after the first quarter, expanded the margin to 31-25 after two quarters and went into the final frame with a four-point advantage at 44-40.
Kalvin Miller knocked in 8 of 12 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line to lead HNHS with 21 points. Noah Reed added 18 points, hitting 11 of 12 from the charity stripe, Kern scored 15 and Platt added nine.
The Vikes knocked down 13 of 14 free throws in the OT to put the game out of reach. They hit 25 of 33 free throw tries for the game for 75.8 percent, while Mississinewa went just 1 of 3 from the stripe for the game.
HNHS hit 23 of 48 field goal tries, including 6 of 14 from 3-point range, for 47.9 percent for the game, and held a 37-31 advantage on the backboards.
The Indians were led by Seth McPheron, who notched a game-high 26 points, and Zeke Lockwood, who added 11.
The visitors hit 27 of 64 shots from the field for 42.2 percent.
Reed topped the Vikings on the boards with seven rebounds, and Platt added six. Reed and Miller each had three assists.
In junior varisty action, Konner Platt and Derek Snyder scored 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead Huntington North to a 61-37 win over Mississinewa.
Grant Canady added eight rebounds and two assists to the HNHS cause.