Vikings scare Norwell big-time before falling

Huntington North High School guard Zach Hubbartt launches a jumper over the Norwell defense on Friday night, Feb. 14, at North Arena. The Vikings lost 49-47 to the 18-1 Knights.
Huntington North High School guard Zach Hubbartt launches a jumper over the Norwell defense on Friday night, Feb. 14, at North Arena. The Vikings lost 49-47 to the 18-1 Knights. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team had a big start and a big finish, but couldn’t quite make up for a mediocre middle and lost to visiting Norwell, 49-47, on Friday night, Feb. 14.

The Vikings, 6-12, had every intention of upsetting the now 18-1 Knights as they jumped off to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter. But Norwell knotted the game at 25-all by halftime and went into the final frame with a 40-31 lead before HNHS mounted a comeback that just fell short.

Viking guards Deven Newcomb and Zach Hubartt carried the offense with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Newcomb had a perfect shooting night from the floor, hitting all five field goals he put up -- three from long-range -- and hit all three of his free throw tries.

Dominic Cardwell and Jordan Hollowell each chipped in seven points to the Viking offense, which hit 16 of 26 fielders for 61.5 percent, including 8 of 10 from downtown for 80 percent. The Vikes added 7 of 8 from the stripe for 87.5.

The Knights got a game-high 21 points from forward Will Geiger, who hit 8 of 11 shots from the field and 4 of 4 from the stripe. Geiger also led all rebounders with six boards.

The Knights hit 19 of 35 field goal attempts for 54.2 percent and added 7 of 11 from the foul line for 63.6 percent.

Cardwell led HNHS on the boards with five rebounds. Sam Thompson had four assists and Hollowell added three.

The Viking junior varsity came up with a 33-30 win.

Cam McCarver had 12 points and Dillon Trout added eight.