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Humboldt Turns Tables on Union City
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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HUMBOLDT - Two teams entered Humboldt’s gym undefeated in District 14-A play when the Vikings hosted Union City’s boys Tuesday night. One team emerged unscathed.

 

That team was Humboldt with a 64-52 victory, but there was a time in the second quarter when it didn’t look like that would happen.

 

The Vikings ended the first quarter up 18-12, but a 15-2 run gave Union City control and a fierce storm from the Tornadoes for the home team to weather.

 

“I called timeout there when they had the ball so we could get calmed down,” said Humboldt head coach Ron Abernathy. “It wasn’t necessarily anything (Union City) was doing on defense.

 

“We weren’t making our jump shots, and we had to get inside and take better shots.”

 

Usually those jump shots fall for the Vikings. The top shooters on the team – like Jarred Walker, Kortland Martin and Carlton Childs – are typically closer to 50 or 60 percent shooting from the field.

 

“They weren’t tonight,” Abernathy said. “And anybody with any sense who knows basketball knows someone will always have an off night.

 

“Tonight was one of those nights for us.”

 

Humboldt stopped the bleeding and went into halftime down seven at 31-24. Defense was the name of the game in the second half.

 

“We made a couple of adjustments on defense and made more of an effort to get inside more on offense, and that worked for us,” Abernathy said.

 

Of course, Abernathy is glad to have the win in district play. The Vikings are now in sole possession of first place in 14-A. They have one loss on the season so far that came last week in a tournament at Poplar Bluff, Mo., to the home team. But the Vikings were impressive in wins over teams from Tennessee in Class AAA like Memphis Central and Cordova.

 

“We learned from that loss and we learned from those wins, and we came out a better team,” Abernathy said. “It wasn’t a goal for us to finish the season undefeated. Our main goal is to be one of them still playing when they throw that last ball up for a tipoff in Murfreesboro.

 

“Until then, we’ll try to win as many small battles as we can between now and then.”

 

Martin and Walker led the Vikings with 13 points apiece. Childs finished with 12, and Justin Pankey had 11.

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