Vikings' second-half marksmanship sinks Leo

Sharp second-half shooting helped the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team top Leo, 62-53, in its second game at the Holiday Hoops Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 28, at North Arena.

The Vikings, 9-1, went 2-0 on the tourney’s first day, trouncing Whitko, 63-33, in their opening contest. In the second tilt, Coach Craig Teagle’s squad avenged its only loss of the season, a 64-53 setback to Leo on Dec. 15.

The Lions, 8-2, led 15-14 after the first quarter and 30-24 at halftime. But the Vikings came out hot in the third, pouring in 18 points while holding the Lions to just six. Huntington North then scored the first eight points of the fourth to craft its biggest lead of the game, 50-36, to put Leo in a hole that it wouldn’t climb out of.

The Vikings scorched the nets in the second half, shooting 70 percent on 17 of 24 marksmanship from the field. For the game, Huntington North converted 28 of 44 field goal attempts for 63.6 percent. The Vikes took only four shots at the foul line, making three for 75 percent.

The hottest-shooting Vikings were junior Sawyer Stoltz, who scored 21 points on 10 of 12 marksmanship, and junior Hank Pulver, who tallied 18 points on 8 of 9 shooting.

Pulver also helped facilitate the offense, dishing out six assists.

Senior Mitchell Geller grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for Huntington North, helping give the squad a 24-16 advantage on the boards.

Leo was paced by Jeremy Davison and Lane Reed, who totaled 16 and 12 points, respectively.

The Lions went 16 of 38 from the field for 42.1 percent and 11 of 14 at the charity stripe for 78.6 percent.