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Vikings fall in OT despite rally

BY Nick Altman - Herald Press Correspondent

FORT WAYNE — The Huntington North boys’ basketball team showed its mental toughness Saturday.

But it was the physical toughness of Fort Wayne Wayne – particularly Generals junior Craig Young – that caused the Vikings problems.

The Vikes trailed through most of the contest but battled back, only to fall 57-52 in overtime at Wayne High School.

“It was a physical game, and that’s how it’s played in the [Summit Athletic Conference]. A lot of pushing, a lot of shoving, just a lot of hard-nosed, tough, physical play,” said HN coach Craig Teagle. “We’ve got to get used to that because that’s what the sectional is going to be like.”

The Vikings shot 22-for-46 from the field, including just 8-of-21 for 38 percent in the first half. They especially struggled from beyond the arc, hitting just 6 of 17 and going 0-for-3 in the extra period.

“For the second night in a row, we just weren’t hitting shots,” Teagle said, referring to the Vikings’ 43-percent shooting performance against Norwell. “Five or six games ago, if we weren’t hitting shots, we couldn’t stay with anyone. We found a way to win last night when we couldn’t hit shots. We didn’t win tonight, but at least we were able to battle and stay in it.”

Huntington North (15-6) got on the board first with a three-pointer by Joe Stoffel, but the Generals answered with an 8-0 run to take control, and the Vikings never led the rest of the game.

Wayne (11-6) extended its lead to 15 points at 25-9 following a Damarea Dial free throw with 3:18 left in the second quarter.

A Zach Daugherty three-pointer narrowed the gap to 31-20 at halftime.

The Vikings pulled within seven points of the Generals twice in the third period but headed into the final period of regulation down 41-32.

“We wanted to get it within six points to go into the fourth quarter,” Teagle said. “If we were within six, that’s two possessions. You’re at a place where you can feel comfortable with it.”

Mitchell Geller opened the fourth quarter with a basket for Huntington North, but Wayne followed with a pair of free throws from Dillion Redding and a basket from Anthony Phillips to take a 45-34 lead with 5:25 to play.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Sawyer Stoltz pulled the Vikes within five points and shifted the momentum with just until five minutes left.

Geller and Young traded baskets before a Daugherty three-pointer and a Hank Pulver bucket evened the score at 47-47 with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Huntington North had an opportunity to win in the closing seconds, but when a Pulver runner rimmed out, Stoltz crashed to the deck along with a pair of Wayne defenders while going for the rebound and potential put-back.

The Vikings never led in the extra period.

“When we got it tied up, it’s so hard to fight that battle, and once you get the lead, it’s so much easier,” Teagle said. “We just weren’t quite getting to where we needed to be.”

Geller led all scorers with 24 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists, while Stoltz tallied 13 points, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, along with four rebounds.

“I thought Mitchell was outstanding around the rim. He used both hands and finished well,” Teagle said. “Sawyer had some nice plays, too. He stepped out and hit the three well.”

Young paced Wayne with 18 points, eight boards and two assists, while Kylon Jarreau finished with 11 points and three rebounds. Redding added 10 points.

Huntington North will host Plymouth Friday on Bob Straight Court at North Arena. The junior varsity will tip off at 6:30 p.m.

“I hope we grow from this,” Teagle said. “We’ve got three games left, and we need to find a way to get on a roll heading into sectional.”

Junior Varsity

FW Wayne 63, Huntington North 31

The Generals dominated the JV contest, taking a 20-9 lead after one period and never letting up.

The Wayne defense held the Vikings to just 31-percent shooting from the field, while the Generals hit 54 percent.

Aiden Hosler led the Vikes with 15 points, while Garrett Trout added eight points and five rebounds.

Michael Redding paced Wayne with 13 points, and Cam Starks had 12 points and three assists. Quicy Miles finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Timon Kinnie added 10 points and six rebounds for the Generals.


Huntington N. 9 11 12 15 5 — 52

FW Wayne 13 18 10 6 10 — 57


Geller 11-13 2-2 24, Stoltz 5-9 0-0 13, Daugherty 2-8 0-0 6, Stoffel 2-3 0-0 5, Pulver 2-7 0-0 4, Bartrom 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 2-2 52.


Young 7-11 4-4 18, Jarreau 3-7 3-3 11, Redding 3-6 2-2 10, Phillips 2-4 1-2 6, Dial 1-3 1-2 4, Sanders 2-4 0-0 4, Rhodes 1-2 0-0 2, Alexander 1-1 0-0 2, Causey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-40 11-13 57.

3-point goals — Huntington North 6-17 (Stoltz 3-3, Daugherty 2-6, Stoffel 1-1, Bartrom 0-2, Pulver 0-1, Williams 0-4), FW Wayne 6-14 (Jarreau 2-6, Redding 2-4, Phillips 1-1, Dial 1-2, Young 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Huntington North 19 (Geller 7), Wayne 25 (Young 8). Assists — Huntington North 12 (Geller 6), Wayne 7 (Young 2). Total Fouls — Huntington North 14, Wayne 8.