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December 27, 2012
Huntington North High School

Boys basketball gearing up for Carroll Shootout

By Justin Shockey sports@h-ponline | Wednesday, December 26, 2012

At 4-3 in his first year as head coach Rob Irwin feels the team is inconsistent.

“It’s been up-and-down this year,” he said.  “We’ll showsignsof improvement then we’ll take astepback and then we’ll get back up and play well.  Hopefully at some point things will start to be more consistent so that every night we’ll know what we’re going to get.”

“Right now we don’t have that.”

Irwin said his team is shooting very well this year but they are allowing baskets to come to easy on the other side of the ball.  Their wins have occurred when the team has allowed under 63 points from their points.  However their losses have occurred when the team has not shot well and have allowed more points than normal.

“I feel for us to be a really good team and to win the tournament our trademark has to be that we’re going to be really hard to score against,” he said.  “Right now we’re not hard to score against.  Against Richmond we were the team I knew we could be but then the next night we turned around and let Ft. Wayne Wayne drop 71 on us.

“We can’t allow that to happen and we need stops.”

The Vikings first two matchups on Friday take place against Heritage and East Noble.  Heritage is currently 2-4 with a two-game win-streak.  They have seen some inconsistency as well defeating Bellmont by just three then turning around to defeat South Adams by a score of 75-49.  East Noble has seen some difficulty, winning just one game so far this season.  They began their current four-game losing streak on Nov. 30 with a 91-27 loss to Ft. Wayne Northrop.

Despite their records, Irwin said he still feels that both teams have dangerous areas that he thinks could give the Vikings some trouble.

“Heritage has played some really good teams,” he said.  “They played Wayne better than we did and East Noble is in a tough conference.  They’ve had their difficulties just like we have but fortunately we’ve shot the ball really well and that has helped us.”

Irwin said he expects both games on Friday to be victories but will not take those games lightly.

“I feel like those are two games that we should win and if we don’t I’ll be disappointed,” he said.  “But on the flipside, they do have some things that I think could cause us problems.

Irwin said the format of the Carroll Shootout will be what causes his team the most problems.  The Vikings will play two games Friday and another two on Saturday depending on how they do in the early rounds of the tournament.  With four games in two-days the team will be playing more than they have all season.

“It’s an AAU type of tournament which I’m not a big fan of,” he said.  “I would rather play on a Friday or Saturday night in front of our home-crowd rather than a two-day tournament where the gym won’t fill. I’ve been to them but I’ve never coached in them so maybe I’ll have a different opinion coming out of it.”

Irwin said his seniors have been performing well all season but he needs other players to step up as well.

“Noah (Reed), Kalvin (Miller) and Trenton (Kern) have aren’t having the ups-and-downs we’ve seen as a team,” he said.  They arestartingto do anything we need them to do.  Our juniors are the guys that really need to get consistent for us.

“This tournament should be good for us because we’re going to play a string of games and the guys are really going to be having to help out because we will need to stay fresh to compete.”

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