by Gary Andrews
After opening the season with an impressive win over Southern Wells the Southwood boys’ basketball team had the task of taking on the hot 4A Huntington North Vikings Friday. Huntington came in 2-0 with impressive wins over Homestead and Mississinewa and flexed their muscle early in a 74-41 win over the Knights.
For the first four minutes the Knights hung with the Vikings with a bucket from Alex Harmon and two free throws from Jackson Blair to make it 4-4. After two Corey Phillipy free throws made it 7-6 Huntington, the Vikings would get a little breathing room with three straight buckets, two being three pointers to take a 15-6 lead. Logan Paris would stop the run with a three of his own to make it 15-9, when Huntington would score the last seven points of the quarter to lead 22-9 at the stop.
Huntington would score the first five points of the second quarter to extend their lead to 27-9 when the Knights found a little rhythm. Alex Harmon would connect on back to back buckets and with 4:35 left and after two Jackson Blair free throws it was 31-16. The Knights would make another surge at the Vikings when Noah Kirk converted a three point play and was followed with a three from Corey Phillipy and a deuce from Logan Paris to cut the Huntington lead to 31-24. The Vikings would answer the Knights, out scoring Southwood 7-1 the last 2:13 to lead 38-25 at the half.
With the Knights still within striking distance at the half, the Vikings would take control in the third quarter. Huntington scored the first six points of the quarter before a Harmon bucket made it 44-27. At that point the Vikings would go on a 10-0 run to open a 54-27 margin. Luke Elliott would hit a free throw and Ross Phillipy a bucket before another Huntington three before the buzzer made it 57-30.
Huntington would extend their lead to start the fourth quarter, out scoring the Knights 12-3 the first six minutes. The lone Knight points came on a Jackson Blair three pointer and it was 69-33 with 2:18 remaining. The Knights would get two free throws from Harmon, and three’s from Clay Hinrichsen and Matt Cox the last two minutes for the 74-41 final.
Alex Harmon led the Knights with 10 points, 2 blocks. Jackson Blair added 9 points, 2 assists. Corey Phillipy had 5 points, 4 rebounds. Logan Paris had 5 points, Matt Cox 3, Noah Kirk 3, Clay Hinrichsen 3, Ross Phillipy 2, and Luke Elliott 2.
The junior varsity fell to Huntington.
Clay Hinrichsen led with 13 points. Brandin Frazier added 11, Andrew Finicle 5, Blake Martz 5, Matt Cox 2, Jeffery Finicle 2, and Christian Deeter 2.