Pulver, Viking 'D' dumps South in sectional semifinal

Huntington North's Brett Kaylor goes up for a shot against Fort Wayne South Side on Friday night, March 1, at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Basketball Sectional. The Vikings won, 53-32 to advance to the championship game tonight, Saturday, March 2, against the host school.
Huntington North's Brett Kaylor goes up for a shot against Fort Wayne South Side on Friday night, March 1, at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Basketball Sectional. The Vikings won, 53-32 to advance to the championship game tonight, Saturday, March 2, against the host school. Photo by Steve Clark.

Denying double-figure scoring in three of the four quarters, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team dumped Fort Wayne South Side on Friday, March 1, 53-32, to advance to the championship game of the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys’ Basketball Sectional tonight, Saturday, March 2.

The Vikings, 21-4, will face host Wayne, 15-9, at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to next week’s Logansport regional.

The Vikings’ school-record 21st win of the year started off slowly as they took an 8-6 first quarter lead on South, which finished 11-9. The Vikings expanded the margin to 25-18 by halftime and went into the final frame with a 38-26 lead.

Hank Pulver did a little bit of everything to lead the Vikings, scoring 12 points, grabbing six rebounds, passing out four assists, blocking two shots and making three steals -- all team-highs.

Sawyer Stoltz added 10 points, Deven Newcomb had nine points and Zach Daugherty tallied eight for HNHS.

South was led by Kamron Mitchell with a game-high 13 points. No other South Side player scored more than six points.

The Vikings hit 19 of 33 shots from the field for 57.6 percent and added 12 of 18 from the free-throw line for 66.7 percent. They limited South to just 13 of 40 from the field for 32.5 percent, and the Archers added 2 of 4 from the charity stripe for 50 percent.

The Vikes won the battle of the boards, 24-20.

Wayne clipped Muncie Central, 66-63, in the other semifinal contest Friday night.