Poor shooting costs Vikes against East Noble

Huntington North's Hank Pulver fires a jumper over East Noble defender Ali Ali during action at North Arena on Saturday night, Jan. 6. The Vikings lost, 44-38.
Huntington North's Hank Pulver fires a jumper over East Noble defender Ali Ali during action at North Arena on Saturday night, Jan. 6. The Vikings lost, 44-38. Photo by Scott Trauner.

A poor night of shooting haunted the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team as it lost to visiting East Noble, 44-38, on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The Vikings hit just 15 of 42 shots from the field for 35.7 percent and only went to the free-throw line five times, hitting three, for 60 percent, to fall for just the third time in 13 outings this season.

The Knights, 10-1 on the season, weren’t much better with their marksmanship, hitting only 14 of 35 shots from the field for 40 percent, but hit 10 of 12 free throw tries for 83.3 percent.

East Noble jumped out to a 13-8 lead after the first quarter and upped the advantage to 25-13 by the half as the Vikings hit only four of their first 20 shots on the night. The Vikes actually hit 50 percent from the field in the second half and managed to cut the East Noble lead to 32-26 heading into the final frame.

Joe Stoffel and Hank Pulver led the Vikings with 13 points apiece. Mitch Geller added eight points.

The Vikings got beaten up on the backboards to the tune of  32-18. Pulver led HNHS with six caroms.

Trey Williams led the Vikings in assists with three, and Pulver added a team-best four steals to his line for the night.

Ali Ali topped East Noble with 13 points, Hayden Jones notched 12 and Michael Bender had 10 points.

The Vikings’ junior varsity lost , 44-35.

Devin Newcomb led HNHS, 4-5, with 18 points.