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Viking boys heading into tough sectional

February 25, 2013
Huntington North High School

Viking boys heading into tough sectional

By Justin Shockey | Monday, February 25, 2013


Huntington North's Noah Reed (right) tries to put up a shot over Cam Denney (left) toward the end of the fourth quarter during the boys' varsity basketball team's game against visiting Norwell on Friday, Feb. 22.


There’s no denying the fact that the Huntington North boys’ basketball team may be facing what could be one of the toughest sectionals draws in recent years. The Vikings host Homestead tonight at 7:30 p.m. to kick off their sectional action. Then next up would be Jay County, who received a bye to skip to Friday. Then in the championship game the Vikings would most likely take on New Haven should they get through to the final game. However, head coach Rob Irwin said he is confident in the growth that his team has taken over the course of the season.

“On Tuesday Homestead will be going inside a lot more to their big kid,” Irwin said. “He is the difference-maker in a lot of their games a lot of teams do not have a matchup for him but we’re going to go through the entire sectional facing teams like that. We’re most likely facing three of the better teams in the state.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a draw like this where we’ve had to go through that many good teams,” he added. “But we have gotten tons better from the start of the year to the end of the year in how we play. For the most part once we get a lead we have controlled the game and got what we wanted but could not just finish it off.”

The Vikings are coming off of a tough Senior Night loss to Norwell on Friday night. The game was lost in the final seconds and Irwin said he respected the way his team came prepared to battle back in practice the following morning.

“Our leadership has been steady here lately,” he said. “Trenton (Kern) has cut down on his turnovers tremendously and Kalvin (Miller) kept himself involved in the game and throughout the game. Noah (Reed) has been steady and scoring points.

“It’s funny to see how much he’s grown this season,” he said of Reed. “In our Senior Night game he made some mistakes early on but after we had a timeout he got right to business like it never fazed him. This morning during practice he even came up to me and apologized for those mistakes. Earlier in the year he would’ve let that get to him, but now he just uses it as energy to get better and move on.”

Irwin said the growth of his team throughout the year has been a joy to watch. Although the Vikings lost to Homestead 48-42 in their first game of the season, he said he feels he has a totally new team on the court. Also, this time the Spartans will be coming into Viking territory to try and steal a win instead of defending one.

“It’s just nice to see our team grow as a whole,” he said. “We have some of our younger guys not playing as well right now as they did earlier in the year but it’s been a long season and they’ll learn and pick up on some of the senior leadership we have heading into the sectional.”

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