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Boys BB takes on Southwood
December 6, 2013Huntington North High School
Southwood looking to continue winning ways
Justin Shockey firstname.lastname@example.org | Thursday, December 5, 2013
After last week’s 70-42 blowout win at home, the Southwood boys’ basketball team would like nothing more than to continue that positive momentum.
However, Southwood head coach John Burrus said the team will have a real challenge on its hands at 6:15 p.m. today when the Knights (1-0) face-off at home against 4A Huntington North (2-0).
“In our schedule, this is going to be one of the toughest games we go into this year,” he said. “They are led by a lot of strong players and they have two players averaging over double digit scoring right now.”
The Vikings are coming off an unbeaten streak to begin the season after defeating Homestead 69-53 and Mississinewa 52-32 last week. Southwood will be their first stop during a two-game weekend in which the Vikings hit the road Saturday to face Warsaw as well.
“They’ve got Kyle Platt averaging 12 points per game and Keaton Irwin averaging 15 points per game,” Burrus said. “They’ve got that good inside-outside duo and Platt also has the capability of stepping outside and scoring. His little brother is also a good three-point shooter.”
In order to be successful, Burrus is looking for his forwards and centers to step up against a smaller Huntington North squad.
“Corey Phillipy is having a good year so far after setting a single-game steals record with 10 last week,” he said. “Alex Harmon, our center, had six so between the two of them with 16 we had 22 overall as a team. We’re looking to really focus on that same aggressive defense inside and we’ll also need some other players to step in and fill some big roles.
“Noah Kirk came off the bench against Southern Wells and scored nine points for us and we’re needing someone to step up like that again in this game.”
Burrus said although the Knights will undoubtedly be the underdogs in terms of schools size, his team will not be backing down from the 4A Vikings; especially at home.
“They’re the big school and we’re the small school and we really hope a lot of Southwood people come out and get behind us because that could be the difference in this game,” he said. “I’m not saying we’re going to go out and we’re going to win for sure, but we certainly are going to expect to win. We’re going to do everything we can and part of that will be our home crowd making it tough for those kids at Huntington North to come into this tough environment.
“We want to make it as tough as we can on the floor and we want our fans to get behind our kids and make it tough for HN mentally as well.”