The Huntington North High School (HNHS) boys varsity basketball team spent part of their break from school hosting the Holiday Hoops Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 30, starting with a 10 a.m. tipoff on Wednesday against Snider High School.
The Vikings started off strong, with senior Zach Hubartt getting the team on the board with a successful three-point shot. A minute later, Will Hotchkiss earned two more points and Hubartt quickly followed with another three to give HNHS an eight-point lead before the Panthers even got on the board.
Finally, with four minutes left in the first quarter, Snider’s Karson Jenkins got his team on the board. By the end of the quarter, the Vikings were up 12-6.
The second quarter, however, is when things started to speed up for the Panthers. With just over five minutes left in the first half of the game, Huntington had only added two points while Snider had added eight, meaning the teams were tied at 14. Hubartt and Aric Hosler each added two, but when Snider’s Grant Brown made a long three-point shot and Elijah Davis earned two, the lead officially belonged to the Panthers.
Multiple ties and lead-changes occurred throughout the course of the game. The second tie occurred with 2:37 left in the half when both teams sat at 20, and though the tie was almost immediately broken by Cam McCarver with a two-point shot, the Panthers answered almost immediately to bring things to 22-22. At the half, the score stood at 24-28 in favor of the Panthers.
Snider managed to earn a 12-point buffer by the time the third quarter was over, thanks to the fast work of Davis, Brown and Jenkins, as well as Aidan Lambert. With 1:24 left in the third quarter, Jordan Lee earned a two-point shot to bring Snider to an even 50 points. The fourth quarter saw HNHS battle back to nearly win the game. Falling just two points short, Snider earned a win 68-66.
More results from the Holiday Hoops tournament will be available in an upcoming edition of The TAB.