Port Huron Northern Comes Back, Tops Port Huron
What’s better than snapping a losing streak?
Doing it against your crosstown rival on their home court.
The Port Huron Northern boys basketball team waved goodbye to a seven game skid with a 45-40 comeback win over Port Huron for its second win against the Big Reds this season. The first victory over its rival came on Dec. 16 in a 43-34 win in the Ed Peltz Tournament.
“As a senior it means a lot,” Northern’s Nick Trimble said. “Playing (Port Huron) we just wanted to come out and get it started.”
Trimble had a big second half for Northern (3-9 overall, 2-6 MAC Gold) as he scored all 11 of his points – including three 3-pointers – in the final two quarters. The Huskies were led by Matt Baravik, who also had a monster second half as that’s where 14 of his 17 points came from.
“My teammates just told me to keep shooting,” Trimble said. “That’s just what I kept doing.”
Curtis Corby led the Big Reds (3-8, 0-7) with 10 points, and Tyler Balon also added nine points in the effort.
Port Huron’s start to the night was just the way it wanted to be as Corby and Eli Koschnitzke each hit 3-pointers to highlight a 9-0 run, giving the Big Reds an early 13-4 lead.
The second quarter was also a big one for the Big Reds as Corby and Cameron Enright each buried 3-pointers to help Port Huron to a 23-16 halftime lead.
The third quarter is when the Huskies started to turn the tide, erasing the seven point halftime deficit over the next eight minutes. Trimble started the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers to close the lead to 23-22, but a Cameron Enright 3-ball for the Big Reds put out that fire for the meantime.
The Huskies caught fire again, using stingy defense and a 6-0 run capped off with a buzzer-beating layup by Billy Fealko to give the Huskies a 34-33 lead after three quarters – its first lead since 3-2 in the first quarter.
Trimble struck again in the fourth quarter, hitting a late 3-pointer to push the Huskies lead to 43-38 after the Big Reds cut it back to a two-point game. With clutch free throws by Matt Baravik in the closing minute, Northern was able to ice the game and snap the losing streak.