HHS tops St. Albans, 70-49
HUNTINGTON — The formula for Huntington High’s boys basketball team was a simple one Wednesday night against St. Albans.
That formula? Get the ball to the rim and good things will happen.
Arick Nicks scored 28 and grabbed 10 rebounds while ReSean Whitfield added 10 points on Senior Night as the Highlanders earned a 70-49 win over the Red Dragons.
“When we got the ball to the basket tonight, we were really good,” Huntington High coach Ron Hess said.
All four seniors — Nicks, Whitfield, Nick Tubbs and Chancelor Wooding — got the start and made big contributions to the win.
Normally a reserve, Whitfield opened the scoring just 10 seconds in as the Highlanders got off to a quick start.
He finished in double figures during his time in the lineup while attacking the basket strong.
“I was happy to see ReSean play well when he was in there,” Hess said. “He got the start on Senior Night and ends up with 10 points. The kids got the ball to him and he finished around the basket.”
While Whitfield got the scoring started, it was Nicks doing a lot of the finishing as the night progressed.
He had 11 of his 28 in the first quarter as the Highlanders jumped out to a 10-point lead and never were really threatened from that point.
Each time St. Albans made an attempt to cut into the deficit, Nicks was there to get a basket or a rebound and putback inside that thwarted the momentum-change and kept the Red Dragons at a distance.
“Arick is finally back into basketball shape and he’s a really good all-around player, as he’s proven all year,” Hess said. “He’s got his touch down now and he can not only finish inside, but he can get the ball outside and take people off the dribble.
“He’s played great since coming back (from suspension). He said he wanted to do the right things to lead this team and that’s what he’s doing right now. He’s leading this team.”
Tubbs and Wooding also made big contributions.
Tubbs took the reigns at point guard and finished with five points and seven assists while getting the team into its sets.
Wooding, more known as a 3-point shooter, showed his abilities as a rebounder with a team-best 11 while adding six points. Of those 11 rebounds, six were offensive rebounds with four ending up back in the basket.
While the inside game for the Highlanders was working well, the team struggled from the outside. Huntington High finished 4-of-19 from 3-point range.
“Our offense is geared towards getting the ball inside and going at the rim or kicking it once the defense collapses,” Hess said. “We should not be coming down and taking 3-point shots without the ball first getting into the middle of the floor.”
St. Albans was led by Kevic Watkins, who came off the bench to finish with 20 points. Jeffrey Seams had 13.
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