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HN boys overcome two teams in tournament

Zach Hubartt drives toward the basket.
Zach Hubartt drives toward the basket. Photo by Katelynn Farley

The Huntington North High School varsity boys basketball team hosted the Holiday Hoops tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 30.

After ending their game against the Snider High School Panthers just shy of a win, the team had a few hours of break time before they took on the Lake Central High School Indians.

Huntington’s Zach Hubartt was on fire during the game, scoring 32 of the team’s 65 points over the course of the game. He was followed by Will Hotch-
kiss, who earned 14 points.  Austin Oswalt added eight.

It didn’t take long for the Vikings to hit double digits – they managed to earn 16 points in the first quarter alone, compared to Lake Central’s nine. During the second quarter, Huntington upped the ante even more, adding 17 points while Lake Central again added nine. Standing 33-18 at the half, things were looking good for Huntington North.

Lake Central started to kick things into the next gear during the third quarter, but it still wasn’t quite enough to get any sort of a lead on the Vikings. With Lake Central adding 15 points for a total of 33, Huntington added 23 points to bring the score to 56.

Thanks to the buffer they had already built, the results of the fourth quarter didn’t negatively impact HNHS. Even though Lake Central earned 11 points over Huntington’s nine, it still wasn’t enough to break the lead that Huntington had. Ending the game 65-44, Huntington advanced to the final round of the Holiday Hoops Tournament on Thursday.

The boys were once again successful on Thursday, hosting the Merrillville High School Pirates and winning 67-50.

It was a pretty close match up for the majority of the game. With less than a minute left in the first quarter, HNHS trailed by just one point with the score standing 16-17. The score advanced to 19-17 by the end of the first quarter.

The story was the same for the second quarter, with the teams trading the lead multiple times. As soon as one team would score, the other would answer.

Finally, with 2:52 left in the third quarter, the Vikings started to hit their stride. With a score of 48-40 in favor of HNHS and just under three minutes to go, Huntington did what they could to give themselves an even larger buffer before the start of the fourth quarter. By the start of the fourth, the team was up 54-43.

Their late-in-the-game work meant they were able to earn a 17-point difference for the win.

Hubartt and Hotchkiss both earned 19 points for the team. They were followed by Oswalt and Cam McCarver, each with 11.