Arick Nicks scores 23 in HHS win
HUNTINGTON -- Ladies and gentlemen, meet Arick Nicks.
He's a kid you've likely heard about before, but may not have realized due to an array of common mistakes with his name.
Along his two years with the Highlanders, he's been seen in scorebooks and linescores in many different ways: Nick Erick, Erick Nick, Erick Nicks and Arick Nick.
"I wish they would start spelling it right," Nicks joked following Tuesday's game.
While his name has been discombobulated in a variety of ways, his game cannot be mistaken.
He finished with 23 points and eight rebounds on Tuesday to lead Huntington High to a 78-54 win over Parkersburg.
If he keeps putting up those numbers, those around the state will quickly learn his name -- and the correct spelling.
"Hopefully," Nicks said. "I'm trying to get my name out there, so hopefully this will do it for me."
The versatile 6-foot-4 Nicks is a forward in Huntington High's system because of his size, but he is also comfortable on the outside, meaning that teams have to respect both aspects of his game.
With his length and the Highlanders' ability to move the ball behind lightning-quick guards, Huntington High used its transition game to seize control in the second half.
The Highlanders started the third quarter with a 15-5 run that pushed its lead to 17 before Parkersburg got a quick run to cut the deficit to 11.
After Tavian Dunn-Martin hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter, Nicks scored seven straight to put the game out of reach.
The key for Huntington High was using its defense to force Parkersburg into tough shots before hitting the glass and immediately getting into the transition game.
"In the second half, we started moving our feet better on defense and our intensity picked up a little bit," Huntington High coach Ron Hess said. "We got some steals and breakaways that led to easy baskets."
The second half was a much different scenario than the first half in which 22 fouls were called, including 16 in the first quarter as both teams were reaching in while fighting for possessions on loose balls.
With many whistles involved, neither team was able to get into an offensive rhythm.
Early in the second quarter, it was a two-possession game before Chancellor Wooding hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back to 10.
However, Parkersburg's Dru Aldridge answered with a pair of threes of his own late to cut the gap to 38-31 at the half.
Aldridge finished with 15 points to lead the Big Reds while teammates Ben Umpleby and Trevor Britton each added 13.
Wooding netted 15 for the Highlanders while Shaquan Miller added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Following the game, Huntington High guard Harrison Brown announced it would be his final one for the Highlanders.
He is transferring to Miller School, a basketball academy outside of Charlottesville, Va.
"Huntington will always be my home," Brown said in a release. "I just want to thank Coach Willard for giving me this chance, and I want to thank Coach Hess, (Huntington High assistant) Coach (James) Hopkins and (Huntington High trainer) Justin Ross for the time they've spent working with me at Huntington High."
PARKERSBURG 13 18 13 10 -- 54: Bayer 3, Umpleby 13, Britton 13, Aldridge 15, Webster 2, Stewart 2, Strobl 3, Cabbil 3
HUNTINGTON HIGH 19 19 20 20 -- 78: Miller 13, Tubbs 6, Nicks 23, Wooding 15, Demoss 8, Trotter 3, Dunn-Martin 5, Brown 3, Washington 2