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.”