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Irwin, Platt lead Vikings to season-opening win
Thursday, November 28, 2013 10:39 AM
Keaton Irwin scored 22 points and Kyle Platt knocked in 20 to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team to a 69-53 win over visiting Homestead in the Vikings' season-opener on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Irwin, a senior, got the Vikings rolling at the start of the game with the team's first nine points as HNHS held a 14-0 lead by the 4:12 mark of the first quarter. They wound up with a 27-7 lead by the end of the frame and took a 36-25 lead into halftime. They led 57-38 after three quarters and took their largest lead of the night at 67-45 late in the final frame.
Irwin nailed 5 of 7 shots from three-point land, hit 6 of 9 overall and nailed all five free throw tries to lead the Vikes. Platt sank all four of his three-point tries and 8 of 9 free throw tries for his night's work.
Homestead star Caleb Swanigan scored a game-high 25 points and also had a game-high 11 rebounds, but he was the only Spartan to reach double figures in points on the evening.
The Vikings hit 11 of 17 three-pointers on the night for 64.7 percent as part of their overall 17 of 34, 50 percent field goal shooting. They also hit 24 of 29 free tosses for 82.8 percent.
Twelve of the Vikings' hoops came off assists, with Matt Hogan piling up eight dimes on the night.
Homestead hit 13 of 37 shots from the field for 35.1 percent and went 23 of 34 at the free-throw line for 67.6 percent. Swanigan, a 6-8 sophomore, accounted for 8 of 11 from the field.
Behind Swanigan, Homestead had a 29-20 rebounding edge.
Homestead won the junior varsity contest, 30-29.
Hunter Hollowell scored six points to lead HNHS, and Sam Daugherty and Luke Stroud each scored five. Luke Reust had six rebounds.