Fourth quarter Viking comeback falls short

Huntington North's Paul Ehler looks for a cutter as he encounters a New Castle defender down low in action on Saturday night, Jan. 19. The Vikings lost, 66-63.
Huntington North's Paul Ehler looks for a cutter as he encounters a New Castle defender down low in action on Saturday night, Jan. 19. The Vikings lost, 66-63. Photo by Steve Clark.

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.

 

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington North
Noah Reed 3-7 0-0 3-4 9 3 0 2
Caleb Landrum 1-6 1-2 0-0 3 3 0 1
Kalvin Miller 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 1 0
Kyle Platt 0-1 0-1 1-4 1 0 0 0
Trenton Kern 2-3 1-2 0-0 5 5 0 3
Matt Hogan 7-14 0-2 0-0 9 5 0 1
Paul Ehler 3-6 3-6 0-0 3 1 0 1
Keaton Irwin 5-8 0-1 2-3 12 3 0 1
Keenan Leichty 1-1 0-0 2-2 4 0 0 2
Jordan Seabolt 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2
Team 2
Totals 24-52 6-17 9-14 63 23 1 18
New Castle
Kyle Bumbalough 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 4
Steven Bennett 6-11 3-5 8-8 23 6 3 4
Korey Ryan 4-10 2-4 1-4 11 5 1 4
Abe Haler 5-11 5-8 2-2 21 8 2 1
Kyle Goolsby 5-7 0-0 0-1 10 7 0 4
Austin Orr 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0
Team 1
Totals 22-40 10-17 12-17 66 28 6 17