Harrisburg earns wins against Huron boys


HARRISBURG - For the second straight game, the Huron Tigers faced a team that seemingly couldn’t miss early, and overcoming that early deficit proved too much as the Harrisburg Tigers sank Huron 67-53 Saturday in Harrisburg.

As the game opened, it seemed every Harrisburg player that touched the ball could torch the nets from deep as three different Harrisburg hit a long-range shot in the first four Harrisburg possessions to quickly give the home squad a 9-0 lead.

Jayden Beck scored Huron’s first points on a three-point basket, but after a pair of Reilyn Zavesky free throws made it 9-5, Harrisburg went on a 16-4 run to finish out the first quarter, holding a 25-9 lead at the first break.

The lead would get pushed out to as many as 22 points before Max Kranzler seemingly woke up for the visitors.

Kranzler scored his first bucket midway through the second quarter and would finish the half with 11 points, sparking the Huron offense to 21 points in the second quarter, though that still left Huron behind 47-30.

Even with Harrisburg shooting less than 25% in the entire second half, the defensive pressure provided by the height advantage allowed the home team to put away any run that Huron would go on in the second half.

The offensive effort that continued attacking Harrisburg throughout the game is what Huron coach Jon Schouten was pleased to see.

“I was proud of the offensive effort here. Our guys stuck with it and didn’t just hoist up from outside,” Schouten observed. “Defensively, if we can put four quarters together, we’re going to be in business going forward.”

Jacoby Mehrman led Harrisburg to 4-2 with 22 points. Ethan Determan scored 18 points and Andrew Walter added 10 points for the home squad.

Huron falls to 1-5 despite Kranzler’s 22 points. Brandon Decker added 10 points.

Schouten was effusive in his praise for Kranzler’s efforts.

“He’s got the ability to turn it on,” the coach raved about his leading scorer. “It wasn’t just launching threes, it was putting his head down and getting to the hoop, getting to the line, turning defense into offense, and really using his whole game.”

Harrisburg outpaced Huron 66-40 in junior varsity action.

Huron returns to the court Tuesday at home against Mitchell.

Coach Schouten says that the Tigers are facing a familiar foe against the rival Kernels.

“We know what to expect Tuesday night,” Schouten noted. “We want to come out with a high level of energy and fight.”

Huron           9 30 40 53
Harrisburg         25 47 55 67

Huron (1-5): Cade McNeil 0 2-2 2, Max Kranzler 8 4-8 22, Jayden Beck 3 0-0 7, Reilyn Zavesky 2 2-2 7, Dawsyn Rogers 0 1-2 1, Brandon Decker 3 2-2 10, Isaiah Decker 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18 11-16 53.

Harrisburg (4-2): Ethan Determan 7 1-3 18, Gavin Aasheim 2 0-0 5, Andrew Walter 4 1-2 10, Parker Stansbury 0 1-2 1, Maxwell Knutson 1 1-2 3, Jacoby Mehrman 8 2-2 22, Camden Phipps 4 0-0 8. Totals: 26 6-11 67.

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