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Viking boys return home for battle against Cavaliers

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

Huntington North returns home for the first time since mid-December tonight with a home contest against Fort Wayne Canterbury.

Over the holiday break, the Vikings took part in four road or neutral games, winning three of the fourth contests. The last home game for Huntington North came on Dec. 16 when the Vikings won 48-41 over Leo.

Tonight, they host a Cavaliers side entering on a downskid. Canterbury has lost four of its last five games with the lone win coming against a Fort Wayne Blackhawk side that is 2-14 on the year.

The Cavaliers themselves are just 4-10 on the season and 2-10 over their last 12 games after starting the season with back-to-back wins. The only other win in that span came against South Adams.

In the series over the last 15 years, Canterbury holds a 2-0 advantage with the last meeting coming in 2012. In that contest, the Vikings traveled to take on the Cavaliers and fell as part of an 0-9 start to the year.

The other meeting between the two teams came in 2011 when Canterbury won at North Arena, 78-59.

The two sides have played six common foes on the year with the Cavaliers going 1-6 in those games, having played Snider twice. Their lone win against common foes came against New Haven, a team they downed 79-50.

Huntington North won their contest against the Bulldogs 61-29.

The Cavaliers are allowing 53.4 points per game while scoring just 46.4 on the season. In three of their last four contests, opponents have scored at least 71 points.

Huntington North is averaging 50.4 points per game offensively while allowing just 49.7. The Vikings have held three of their last five opponents to under 41 points in contrast to the Cavaliers.

Canterbury currently has a Sagarin rating of 62.24, 31st-best in Class 2A. Huntington North’s Sagarin rating of 71.27 is 61st-best in Class 4A.

Tip-off for the contest is set for 7:30 p.m.