Most teams have senior night. On Friday, Huron hosted sophomore night.
Raise your hand if you saw this coming? And we aren’t talking about Huron beating Skyline in boys’ basketball. But more the way the River Rats knocked off the visiting Eagles on Friday night in a cross-town matchup between SEC rivals.
The River Rats, who feature seven sophomores on the varsity roster, time is coming and maybe a lot faster than most people thought.
Huron led by 10 points at halftime before taking a 48-42 lead into the final quarter. And that’s where experience usually takes over but not on this night and not against this team as the River Rats scored a surprisingly comfortable 65-55 victory over Skyline.
The run many were expecting in that final quarter from the Eagles never really came. Huron showed great poise, slowing the offense down, moving the ball around and making Skyline earn everything at the other end.
Skyline looked a little out of sync from the get-go and even some big shots from Ryan Wade were not enough to challenge the River Rats. The Eagles were also hampered when DeSean Munson picked up a quick early second foul.
Wade led all scorers with 27 points, which included five triples. Munson still scored 15 points despite not playing at all in the second quarter. Jaylin Cooper had six points for the Eagles.
Huron got balanced scoring and whenever the River Rats needed a big shot it seemed that someone else was stepping up and delivering. Sophomore Devin Womack had 15 points, sophomore Julian Lewis scored 13, junior Mike Robinson scored 11, sophomore Tyson Edmondson had nine and sophomore Trey Gardette scored eight.
A technical foul on the Skyline bench following the first half started the third quarter as the River Rats took a 32-24 lead into the second half.
A basket inside by Edmondson and a tip-in by Mike Davis gave the hosts a 38-25 lead. Wade hit a triple that was answered at the other end with a three-pointer from Gardette. Wade answered with his second three-pointer of the quarter to cut the deficit to 41-33.
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A monster dunk and foul from Munson resulted in a three-point play that saw Skyline cut the lead to 41-36 with 2:15 left in the quarter. The third quarter ended with some long range shoot – Wade hit a triple, Edmondson hit one as did Cooper to make it 48-42 after three.
The River Rats quickly ended any fourth-quarter drama. A three-pointer from Lewis and a triple by Edmondson from deep in the corner in front of the Huron bench set the home team to a 54-46 lead.
A layup by Robinson pushed the lead to double digits at 56-46 with 5:20 to play in the game. Neither team scored for the next 3 minutes as Huron did a good job playing good defense and running the clock.
The River Rats started out strong. A dunk by Robinson gave the hosts a 7-3 lead. But the Eagles rallied to tie the game at 9-9. A basket inside by Skyline’s Spencer Morgan cut Huron’s lead to 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.
After Wade and Gardette traded triples, Wade scored to cut the deficit to 21-19. Huron’s Womack scored to make it 23-19 and the River Rats went on a little run to take a 28-19 advantage.
Wade hit another three-pointer to make it 28-22 but Gardette answered with a nice drive to the basket for a 30-24 lead at halftime.