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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Big second half leads Huron past Riverview

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Spurred on by a big second-half run, the Huron boys’ basketball team pulled away from Riverview at home and coasted to a 52-35 victory Friday night in a fast-paced Huron League matchup that took just over an hour to complete.

The game was tied at 18 with 1:30 remaining in the first half when the Chiefs stepped on the gas, and they didn’t let up until three minutes into the fourth quarter.

Huron (3-7, 2-4 HL) went on a 20-3 run that featured four 3-pointers, and effectively put Riverview (1-8, 1-4 HL) away.

Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch credited energy off the bench for the run.

“We made a couple substitutions. The kids came off the bench and played really well for us, you know (Christopher) Schultz and Austin (Bell) came off the bench and hit a couple threes,” said Kalbfleisch. “It was 18-18 when those kids came in, and when they came in shots starting falling.”

Riverview’s Nolan Glime started the game 2-for-2 from behind the arc and the Bucs raced out to an early 8-2 lead, but Huron grinded back and went into the second quarter leading 13-12.

The game was tied in the second when Schultz knocked down a three as Huron scored the last five points of the half and went into the break up 23-18.

Riverview came out in the second half ice cold from the field, managing only two points in the frame. Huron wasn’t much better, as it only managed to score six points and went into the fourth leading 29-20.

Huron opened the fourth on a 9-1 run, which included two threes from Schultz, and the Chiefs opened up a 17-point lead.

Riverview switched to a full-court press following a timeout by Coach Ryan Newland with 5:12 remaining, but it did little to stop Huron.

According to Newland, his Bucs beat themselves.

“(Huron) played a great game and I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but we had the looks we needed to and we couldn’t finish them,” said Newland. “I looked in the second half. We were maybe 4-15 inside of five feet, which is killer.”

“As a coach you think your kids will be tough enough to go out there and finish. Obviously we’re not there yet.”

Bell led Huron with 15 points to go along with six rebounds. Schultz notched 13 points and two rebounds.

Tyler Olson had nine points, three steals and five assists for the Chiefs. Olson did his best Magic Johnson impression when he executed a beautiful no-look pass to a cutting Cameron Cox mid-way through the fourth quarter.

Nolan Glime had a game-high 19 points for Riverview. Austin Graham had four points and six rebounds in the losing effort.

Both teams next play on Tuesday. Huron will welcome in Grosse Ile, while Riverview will look to bounce back against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

Last Updated: 1/25/2014 2:14:41 PM EST