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Pulver powers Vikings past Warsaw

POINTS: Senior forward Hank Pulver paced the Vikings with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Huntington North’s 47–37 victory over Warsaw on Saturday night.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North boys basketball team earned a 47–37 win on Saturday night over Warsaw in North Arena.

The victory improved the Vikings’ season record to 3–1, including a perfect 2–0 mark in North Arena.

The Vikings and Tigers battled to a 10–10 score after the game’s opening quarter. The second quarter featured tightly contested basketball as well, though Huntington North held a 17–16 lead at halftime, fueled by nine points from senior forward Hank Pulver.

Huntington North came out of the gates quickly in the third quarter, beginning the second half on a 5–0 run that would go on to become a 12–2 run, opening up a 10-point gap for the Vikings after the third quarter at 31–21.

The Warsaw offense came to life in the fourth quarter, draining 16 points in the frame and coming as close as a couple of possessions of Huntington North. However, the Vikings also sank 16 points, largely on free throws, to maintain the 10-point lead and ultimately grab the 47–37 victory.

“(The game went) kind of like I thought (it would),” said head coach Craig Teagle. “(It was a) hard-fought contest. They’re really physical; they’re very tough kids, tough-minded kids. Warsaw kids always are. (Warsaw head) coach (Doug) Ogle does a fantastic job there. We knew we’d be in for a battle and it’d be possession by possession.”

Pulver finished the night with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, good for a double-double. Pulver also posted one assist and snagged one steal for the Vikings.

Senior guard Zach Daugherty sank 10 points for Huntington North, including a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line. Daugherty led the Viking defense with a pair of steals in the win.

Senior guard Trey Williams buried the lone two three-pointers for Huntington North, finishing with eight points and a team-leading two assists.

Huntington North’s scoring was rounded out by senior forward Sawyer Stoltz, senior guard Brett Kaylor, junior forward Jordan Hollowell and junior guard Deven Newcomb, who drained four, two, two and two points, respectively, for the Vikings. Stoltz’s five rebounds finished second on the team to Pulver, while his two blocks paced Huntington North.

“It was nice to be able to get that lead in the third and then play with that,” Teagle said. “They made a nice little run. We had both point guards in foul trouble, so we didn’t handle the pressure very well because we’re not used to them being off the floor. But, we were able to kind of get through that. … (We) finished it off with free throws; that’s what you want to do: get a lead and then finish it with the free throws.”

Nolan Groninger’s 12 points and four assists led the Tiger offense, while Brian Elliott and Wyatt Amiss each sank eight points in the losing effort for Warsaw. Tyler Metzinger hauled in a team-leading five rebounds for the Tigers, while his four blocked shots led all players in the contest.

Huntington North will next return to action on Dec. 8, traveling to Kendallville, Indiana, to face Northeast 8 Conference foe East Noble following a week off after playing two games in just over 24 hours.

The Knights currently hold a 3–1 record of their own, but will play Northridge on Dec. 6 prior to hosting the Vikings.

“East Noble is going to be one of the better teams we face all year,” Teagle said. “They have a division player in Ali Ali who can score form the perimeter, can drive it, can post up. He’s 6’8”, probably seven-foot wingspan. (Hayden) Jones, their point guard, can get people shots any time he wants. He’s quick. He can shoot it pretty well. (Brent) Cox inside (is) 6’6” (or) 6’7” (and is) strong, physical, just a man. And they’ve got good pieces around those kids. So going on the road, going there, we’ll have to bring our A-game or we’ll get embarrassed.”

Game time for the Huntington North-East Noble matchup is set for 7:30 p.m.

Huntington North 47, warsaw 37

Warsaw

Nolan Groninger 4–8, 3–4, 12; Brian Elliott 3–7, 0–0, 8; Wyatt Amiss 2–8, 2–2, 8; Tyler Metzinger 3–6, 0–0, 6; Jaylen Reese 0–3, 2–2, 2; Blake Marsh 0–3, 1–3, 1; Connor Lennox 0–0, 0–0, 0; Jaylen Coon 0–0, 0–0, 0; Keagan Larsh 0–0, 0–0, 0; Totals 12–35, 8–1,1 37.

Huntington North

Hank Pulver 5–7, 9–12, 19; Zach Daugherty 2–6, 6–6, 10; Trey Williams 2–5, 2–2, 8; Sawyer Stoltz 2–6, 0–1, 4; Deven Newcomb 0–1, 2–2, 2; Brett Kaylor 0–1, 2–4, 2; Jordan Hollowell 1–1, 0–1, 2; Keegan Bartrom 0–2, 0–0, 0; Sam Thompson 0–0, 0–0, 0; Totals 12–29, 21–28, 47.

Warsaw 10 6 5 16 37

Huntington North 10 7 14 16 47

Three-point goals: Warsaw 5–18 (Brian Elliott 2–5; Wyatt Amiss 2–6; Nolan Groninger 1–3; Blake Marsh 0–2; Jaylen Reese 0–2), Huntington North 2–11 (Trey Williams 2–5; Keegan Bartrom 0–2; Deven Newcomb 0–1; Brett Kaylor 0–1; Zach Daugherty 0–2). Fouled out: Warsaw None, Huntington North None. Rebounds: Warsaw 22 (Tyler Metzinger 5), Huntington North 26 (Hank Pulver 10). Assists: Warsaw 7 (Nolan Groninger 4), Huntington North 7 (Trey Williams 2). Total Fouls: Warsaw 23, Huntington North 16