Vikings score early and often to rout Braves, 77-41

Huntington North guard Zach Daugherty takes the ball to the hoop with his left hand against a pair of Bellmont defenders in action Saturday night at North Arena. The Vikings blew out the Braves, 77-41.
Huntington North guard Zach Daugherty takes the ball to the hoop with his left hand against a pair of Bellmont defenders in action Saturday night at North Arena. The Vikings blew out the Braves, 77-41. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team scored early and often on the way to a 77-41 win over visiting Bellmont on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Upping their season record to 12-3 overall , the Vikings blasted off to a 25-8 first quarter lead and led 47-14 by halftime. They went into the final frame with a 65-24 advantage.

Trey Williams scored a season-high 20 points to lead four Vikings in double figures. Mitch Geller tallied 16 points, Hank Pulver notched 11 points and Zach Daugherty tossed in 10.

The Vikings sizzled the nets for 63.6 percent shooting from the field, banging in 28 of 44 tries, including 12 of 18 from three-point land for 66.7 percent. They added a 9 of 9 showing at the free-throw line. They hit 17 of 23 field goal tries in the opening half for 73.9 percent.

Williams hit 7 of 8 field goal attempts on the night, including 6 of 7 from downtown.

Geller added a game-high 10 rebounds to the Vikings’ stats. Pulver added seven assists, Daugherty had six and Geller four as the Vikings piled up a season-high team total of 20 for their 28 hoops.

Brady Manis had 14 points to lead Bellmont, 5-12. Kade Fueling added 11 points.

The HNHS junior varsity turned a 27-23 halftime deficit into a 56-48 win to improve to 6-5 on the season.

Devin Newcomb had 22 points and Aidan Hosler had 16 to lead the JV Vikes, who hit 13 of 20 second half shots for a nifty 65 percent.