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Vikings cruise past Concordia

DRIVE: Junior guard Deven Newcomb takes the ball to the hoop during Huntington North’s 52–37 victory over Concordia on Tuesday night. Newcomb scored four points in the win for the Vikings.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North boys basketball team picked up their first victory of the 2019 calendar year by defeating Concordia 52–37 on Tuesday night in North Arena.

With the victory, the Vikings’ season record improved to 10–3.

The first quarter was evenly played, as it appeared Concordia would take a lead at the period’s conclusion. However, senior guard Zach Daugherty had other ideas, sinking a floater before the buzzer sounded, tying the score at 13–13, the game’s score entering the second quarter.

Though the first quarter was nothing overly memorable for Huntington North, senior forward Sawyer Stoltz quickly changed the Vikings’ fortunes early in the second quarter, throwing down a dunk after receiving a pass from Daugherty following a steal.

Stoltz’s dunk fueled what would become a 10–4 quarter for the Vikings, as Huntington North owned a 23–17 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter featured an uptick in scoring for both teams, but the Vikings would ultimately extend their lead by outscoring Concordia 17–14 in the frame to hold a 40–31 advantage after three quarters.

Huntington North would further extend their lead in the fourth quarter, shutting down the Cadet offense en route to a 12–6 fourth quarter, resulting in a 52–37 victory for the Vikings.

“I didn’t think we were at our best,” said head coach Craig Teagle. “But, I did think that we made enough plays to find a way to win. I thought we were kind of gritty. We did some things that we needed to. … I’m glad we found a way to win when it wasn’t our best night.”

As is their goal for every game, Huntington North enjoyed double-digit production from a trio of Vikings.

Senior forward Hank Pulver led the way for Huntington North, draining a game-high 14 points for the Vikings. Pulver also tallied a game-best mark of nine rebounds and added three assists.

Daugherty and Stoltz finished the scoring podium for the Vikings, putting up 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Daugherty converted on a game-high three buckets from beyond the arc for Huntington North, added four rebounds and dished out three assists, tying Pulver for the team lead. Daugherty also recorded one blocked shot and the two lone steals for the Vikings.

“Zach Daugherty was typical Zach,” Teagle said. “(He) hit some big shots and then what was really big: he saved us a couple possessions by diving on the floor (and) getting tie-ups and stuff.”

Stoltz rounded out his night with five rebounds and a game-high two blocked shots.

Senior guard Keegan Bartrom sank eight points off the bench for the Vikings, adding four rebounds and a pair of assists.

“Keegan Bartrom had a really good game for us,” Teagle said. “(He) hit a couple threes, got to the free throw line, but where I was more impressed was his defense tonight. He was really active (and) got a couple deflections and did a really good job guarding people.”

Junior guard Deven Newcomb and senior guard Trey Williams completed the offensive output for Huntington North, scoring four and three points, respectively. Newcomb hauled in four rebounds and registered two assists, while Williams grabbed one rebound to complete his night.

Brayden Pearson led the way for Concordia, scoring 13 points in the loss for the Cadets. Pearson reeled in one rebound, handed out one assist and blocked one shot to round out his game.

Kamari Anderson-Drew and Jaden Dance each scored eight points apiece for Concordia, with Anderson-Drew grabbing a trio of rebounds and dishing out one assist, while Dance hauled in three rebounds to go along with two steals, tying Daugherty for the game lead. Adam Gottschalk posted a team-high five rebounds and game-high four assists for Concordia.

“Concordia is a really good basketball team,” Teagle said. “They’re our mirror image. They’re playing back to the basket, protect the rim, try to keep you out of the paint. Offensively, they’re trying to take the best shot possible every possession. That’s how we play; that’s how you have to play if you want to win games at our level. … Still, any time you can hold your opponent in the thirties, that’s pretty good.”

The Vikings’ junior varsity team was also in action against Concordia on Tuesday night, earning a 48–41 win, improving their season record to 8–1. Junior guard Aidan Hosler buried 11 points in the victory for the Vikings.

Up next for Huntington North is a Northeast 8 Conference duel with Columbia City for the 2019 Huntington North Hall of Fame Night. Opening tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in North Arena.


Concordia Lutheran Cadets vs. Huntington North Vikings

1/8/2019 at HNHS

Concordia Lutheran 37, Huntington North 52

Concordia Lutheran

Brayden Pearson 5–11, 2–2, 13; Jadon Dance 2–5, 3–4, 8; Kamari Anderson-Drew 3–8, 2–3, 8; Alec Bartkowiac 2–5, 0–0, 6; Adam Gottschalk 0–6, 2–2, 2; Jaden Parnin 0–1, 0–0, 0; Jeren Kindig 0–0, 0–0, 0; Cade Motter 0–2, 0–0, 0; Totals 12–38, 9–11, 37.

Huntington North

Hank Pulver 7–10, 0–1, 14; Zach Daugherty 5–9, 0–0, 13; Sawyer Stoltz 5–7, 0–2, 10; Keegan Bartrom 2–4, 2–2, 8; Deven Newcomb 2–6, 0–0, 4; Trey Williams 1–2, 0–0, 3; Brett Kaylor 0–0, 0–0, 0; Jordan Hollowell 0–0, 0–0, 0; Totals 22–38, 2–5, 52.

Concordia Lutheran' 13' 4' 14' 6' 37

Huntington North' 13' 10' 17' 12' 52

Three-point goals: Concordia Lutheran 4–18 (Alec Bartkowiac 2–5; Jadon Dance 1–3; Brayden Pearson 1–4; Jaden Parnin 0–1; Adam Gottschalk 0–2; Cade Motter 0–2; Kamari Anderson-Drew 0–1), Huntington North 6–11 (Zach Daugherty 3–4; Keegan Bartrom 2–4; Trey Williams 1–1; Deven Newcomb 0–1; Hank Pulver 0–1). Fouled out: Concordia Lutheran None, Huntington North None. Rebounds: Concordia Lutheran 17 (Adam Gottschalk 5), Huntington North 28 (Hank Pulver 9). Assists: Concordia Lutheran 7 (Adam Gottschalk 4), Huntington North 12 (Hank Pulver 3; Zach Daugherty 3). Total Fouls: Concordia Lutheran 10, Huntington North 11.