Vikings finish off undefeated season in NE8 with win over Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team capped an undefeated season in the Northeast 8 Conference with a 49-42 win over host Norwell on Friday, Feb. 10.

With their 7-0 record, the Vikings won the conference title outright, avoiding a tie with 6-1 New Haven.

Huntington North, 15-5 overall, was tied with Norwell after the first quarter, 8-8, and trailed by two at halftime, 20-18. With a big third quarter, though, the Vikings seized control of the game. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad tossed in 20 points while holding Norwell to 10 to take a 38-30 lead. Huntington North then scored the first five points of the final frame to craft its biggest advantage of the contest, 43-30.

Senior Hunter Hollowell led the Vikings with 13 points and five rebounds. Senior Luke Pulver tallied 12 points while senior Chazz Bruce logged 11 points and six boards.

Behind Bruce and Hollowell’s efforts, Huntington North enjoyed a 21-19 edge on the glass.

The Vikings went 17 of 31 from the field for 54.8 percent, which was highlighted by a 9 of 14 effort in the second half for 64.3 percent. The visitors added 10 points in 16 attempts at the free- throw line for 62.5 percent.

Norwell, 11-8, 4-3 in conference, got a game-best 19 points from Cody Shively. Cole Wilson netted 13 points while Will Geiger totaled 10.

The Knights converted 14 of 35 field goal attempts for 40 percent and 8 of 11 free throw tries for 72.7 percent.

Huntington North obliterated Norwell in the junior varsity contest, 68-24.

The Vikings got 21 points and six rebounds from sophomore Trey Williams and 18 points and 11 boards from sophomore Sawyer Stoltz.