Huron defense shuts down Clyde

Tigers hold Fliers to 39 points in win
Dan Angelo
Feb 22, 2014

Huron is picking up the defense intensity at just the right time.

With the tournaments set to start next week, the Tigers limited an opponent to under 40 points for the second game in a row, limiting Clyde to just 16 second-half points in a 55-39 victory Friday night at Huron High School.

“We’re starting to play better defensively,” said Huron coach Bobby James. “We held Norwalk to 50-something the other night, and they’re scoring an average in the high 60’s. We held Edison to
37 and we held a good Clyde team to 39, so we’re finally coming together defensively and playing a lot better man than we did earlier in the year.

“When we get after it, we’re a hard team to score on.”

It was the regular season home finale for the Tigers (14-6, 11-2), who finish the season tonight with a makeup game at Oak Harbor.

“I thought everybody who played really got after it and just sold out,” James said. “It was a great senior night for our kids. We had a lot energy; a lot better than we had Tuesday (against Edison), but I knew that was going to happen because I knew they didn’t want to go out with a loss in their last home game.”

The defensive effort limited the Fliers to just 13-of-52 shooting from the field, including 6-of-31 from behind the arc.

“That’s what we do; it’s how we play,” Clyde coach Ryan Carter said of his team’s three-point shooting. “We’ve shot the most threes in our league the entire year, far and away. With our size and the things we do, that’s what we do. We just didn’t get enough of them to fall.”

The Fliers (15-7, 8-6) fell behind by a 9-0 count in the first three minutes of the game, but battled back to take a 21-15 lead midway through the second quarter. The Tigers finished the half on a 12-2 spurt to take a 27-23 lead at the half.

Clyde then opened the second half with an 8-1 spurt but wouldn’t score again until 6:39 left in the game and Huron holding a 41-31 lead.

The Tigers put the finishing touches on the win with a 9-1 run, punctuated by a Cody Thompson slam.

Adam Storer pumped in a game-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Huron, with Gabe Camella chipping in 14 points and nine boards. Thompson added 11 points and Zach Souter grabbed nine boards.

“We didn’t (shoot well), but that had a lot to do with what they do with their length. They have a good team, but I don’t think we made enough of our own breaks tonight to help ourselves out.”

“I’m really proud of these seniors and really proud of the way Adam Storer stepped up tonight,” James said. “When we play in the SBC, you know that every coach in the league knows everyone’s sets and how to defense it, so you’ve got to shoot it the second time around.”

Derek Gray had a team-high 14 points for the Fliers, with Eric Wiseman adding eight points. Collin Gregory finished with a team-high seven rebounds.

“You win 15 games and you want to try to take some momentum into the tournament, but we’ve had a tough week playing Perkins on Wednesday and Huron tonight,” Carter said. “You’ve got to give them credit because they’re a good basketball team. Now we’ve got to try to get ourselves into the next season and see where we can go.”

Comments

Retiree

I thought Huron was picked to win the SBC basketball conference. It's pretty obvious that Huron can beat the easy teams but not any really good teams. The second season they start out playing the winner of two combined records of 3 wins and 18 losses. Then your done Huron. So much for your dream team.

berlinrdgang

Really retiree??? Before you a harsh comment like that , do your research.....

1. Huron went deep into the playoffs in football and got a very late start in basketball, 2 weeks of practice and no scrimmages, then the Tigers open up with the defending SBC champs Perkins who had several weeks of practices and scrimmages.

2. With the weather in January and school being canceled 10 days in January, the Tigers did not get regular practices in and had several games rescheduled, thus to several weeks longer to find their stride.

3. Huron was loaded with several returning letterman and seniors. C James had to take several games to find a rotation that would produce defense and points, he had to use games to do this and most practices were canceled because of weather....

4. The Tigers lost one of their best defenders and shooters along the way and also lost a very good bench player to a season ending injury....

5. Not sure how you think that Huron has not beat any good teams but.....I consider SMCC, Clyde, Vermilion, very good teams.

6. Perkins is very good, but when Huron was picked to win the Conference, the Pirates did not have Lewis and Irby on the roster. They are both very good ball players and athletes and without them, Perkins season might have ended up differently. Congrats Pirates on another SBC conference championship!

7. Huron ended the season with a 15-6 record with losses to EC, Perkins (twice, second game with 1 point loss in ot), Willard ( who Huron will most likely get to see again in tourney), Olmstead Falls (who has lost one game this season and would destroy any team in this area) and finally Norwalk who is 21-1 and repeating NOL champs and Huron played with them and actually had the lead most of the game, Perkins lost to Norwalk twice. The Tigers schedule teams like these to get ready for the tourney.

8. At the end of the day, all this means nothing, because in basketball they all play for the tourney and Huron is now poised to go deep this year, they have their rotation, are playing lights out defense and have several shooters that can get hot.

8. If Huron only beat bad teams, please tell me who any other team in the SBC beat that Huron did not beat or would of beat? I doubt you can caome up with one team......

GO TIGERS!!

Retiree

Shows how weak the SBC is. There were quite a few kids on the basketball team that did not play football. They had plenty of time to practice. Remember cream all ways rises to the top and Huron is just a stepping stone to the top for Perkins. Huron all ways has an excuse for something. Your coach is a Perkins graduate and look at his record against us. Keep giving excuses but another thing to remember is, " if your not first your last"

berlinrdgang

I would hope Perkins dominates the SBC, they are 3 times the size of Huron and the fact that C. James came from Perkins has nothing to do with anything.

Tourney is here and that is what teams play for, and I would be willing to bet the Tigers make it further than any area team, including Perkins and Norwalk.....

Oh....I agree, "If you ain't first, your last' lol

Retiree

He chokes every time he plays Perkins. Tell me they should have lost that game at Perkins. Perkins coach said' " I knew we would win when they put their first team back in". That was overtime with a five point lead and all they had to do was stall the ball. You can justify that he shouldn't have stalled the last minute and make them foul. Huron needs to go and get a quality coach that has Huron connection. Even if he doesn't work for the school. The basketball program is surely heading south, boys and girls. When it comes to coaching, he is the person that wins the tough games. Look at all the successful coaches in the sport. Another thing, look at the people that are on the team for the tourney. I can justify two that were brought up. Shades of the coach in the late 80's. Bet I can name your starting line up for next year.