Huntington High uses balanced attack to beat George Washington
HUNTINGTON -- Heading into Thursday night's contest, Huntington High was aware of the skill of George Washington's Luke Eddy.
In turn, the Highlanders used team concepts on both ends of the court to earn a 65-55 boys basketball win over the Patriots at Lucas/Archer Gymnasium.
"Anytime we play as a team, as a unit, we're much better," Huntington High coach Ron Hess said. "Moving the basketball, sharing the basketball. When we're moving the ball from side-to-side, we get open looks."
In the first half, the Huntington High offense was perimeter-oriented with the team hitting five 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes.
At the break, Hess made an adjustment, moving normal 3-point shooter Chancelor Wooding inside and flashing him to the high post.
The move paid off as the Highlanders were able to get more inside-out action while freeing up big man Arick Nicks down on the block.
With Wooding at the high post he could either take the open jumper around the elbow, kick out to a 3-point shooter on the wing or kick down to Nicks in the post.
George Washington's defense spent much of the second half in scramble mode chasing after open shooters.
The Highlanders finished with eight 3-pointers, and when they weren't hitting Nicks was able to corral rebounds underneath with the Patriots out of position on the box-out.
It equaled a balanced effort, led by Nicks who finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds -- 10 on the offensive end.
"When he plays hard and he goes to get the ball like that, he's one of the best in the state," Hess said. "I've seen a lot of teams and he's definitely one of the best."
Wooding finished with 15 points and nine rebounds while freshman Tavian Dunn-Martin added 14 points, five assists and five rebounds. Shaquan Miller also ended in double-figures with 12 points on four 3-pointers.
"I thought our shot selection was really good tonight," Hess said. "I was thrilled with how we moved the ball and got the ball to the open man. We also recognized when someone was hot and we got the ball to them a few times. That's what you want as a team."
Eddy did his best to keep the Patriots in the contest, hitting many contested shots to finish with 30 points.
Even with the amount of points scored, Hess thought his defense did a solid job against the Patriots' leader -- especially behind the 3-point line where he was just 1-of-6.
Dominik King added 11 points for the Patriots.
The Highlanders continue to host Charleston-area teams in Mountain State Athletic Conference action on Saturday when Capital comes calling in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 11 12 11 21 -- 55: Eddy 30, Breeden 8, Hoston 2, Kay 2, King 11, Mullonax 2.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 11 17 17 20 -- 65: Nicks 16, Wooding 15, Howard 2, Washington 2, Demoss 2, Tubbs 2, Miller 12, Dunn-Martin 14.