After an even 8-8 in the first quarter, Triton exploded in the second quarter, scoring 20 points that included five three pointers. After a brief timeout with a minute left in the first half, Hogan finished a breakaway layup and later scored three points from the charity strip after getting fouled from behind the arch. The Hornets went into the locker room trailing the Vikings 28-19.
“Cutting that deficit down to 9 going into halftime I think really helped us psychologically, because we really broke down mentally and we collapsed defensively but we managed to gain some momentum late,” said Casey.
The Hornets tightened their defense in the third quarter by attacking the Vikings with a 1-3-1 half court trap that limited their offense to 6 points. Offensively, the Hornets scored 16 points behind senior guard Evan Wade’s two big 3-pointers.
Trailing, 38-35, in the middle of the fourth quarter, Wade tied the game at 38 apiece with his third 3-pointer.
“We started to find our rhythm through our defense and offensively we had better ball movement and once we survived their onslaught we calmed down and started making our own run late in the game,” said Casey.
North Reading travels to Shawsheen Tech next Tuesday in hopes of completing the second undefeated season in school history since the 1977 Hornets.
“Finishing undefeated wasn’t our goal at the beginning of the season but right now we are chasing history and it would be nice to that get that last win,” said Casey.
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