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Viking 'D' stymies Bellmont
Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:45 PM
The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team submitted its best defensive performance of the season, holding Bellmont to only three points after halftime in a 64-32 win at North Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The Vikings, 11-9, posted a shutout in the fourth quarter and limited the Braves to just 8.33 percent shooting in the second half overall on a 1 of 12 showing. It was a dramatic turnaround for Coach Rob Irwin's squad, which allowed Bellmont to shoot 57.1 percent in the first half on a 12 of 21 effort and take a 16-13 lead after the first frame.
Huntington North, which shot a sharp 11 of 18 for 61.1 percent through the game's first two quarters, battled back in the second period, outscoring the visitors, 21-13, to open up a 34-29 advantage at intermission.
The Vikes got even hotter in the second half, shooting hitting 11 of 16 shots from the floor for 68.8 percent, which ballooned their lead to 50-32 after three quarters and to 32 points by the final whistle.
Huntington North's defenders made 13 steals and scored 23 points off turnovers.
Senior Matt Hogan led the Vikings' offensive effort, with 14 points. Senior Keaton Irwin supplied 10 points and senior Kyle Platt and junior Caleb Landrum each added nine as the hosts finished shooting 64.7 percent on a 22 for 34 effort. Huntington North also clicked on 7 of 13 three-balls for 53.8 percent and 13 of 18 freebies for 72.2 percent.
Cameron Bienz netted 15 points for the Braves, 5-11, who shot 39.4 percent for the game on a 13 for 33 showing.
Hogan and Irwin each dished out three assists.
Sophomore Granville Shultz and freshman Sam Daugherty led the Vikings to a 52-33 win in the junior varsity game with 11 points apiece.