Huskies bite Bulldogs at home

Huskies bite Bulldogs at home

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Huskies bite Bulldogs at home

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Yale would get close, then Port Huron Northern would extend the lead.

Yale would get close again, and Northern would once again grow their lead.

That was the theme of the boys basketball game played at Northern’s gym, and the Huskies can’t complain about that as they won 52-40 in a game they never trailed in.

While Northern hit big shots from the outside all night, the rock of their team came inside as senior Kodi Badger scored 17 points and snagged 10 rebounds.

“We were hoping (for a big game from Badger) because they play a lot of guards,” Northern head coach Brian Jamison said. “We gave him the ball early inside, and he’s an explosive rebounder.”

Northern also had nice contribution from junior Billy Fealko’s 11 points and senior Geryd Welsh’s 10 points.

Yale was paced by senior Cody Kegley, who passed the ball smoothly all night while also scoring 11 points. Junior Luke McClelland and senior Jordan Craig also scored eight points each.

Northern came out with energy, running to a 7-0 start with four points by senior Kodi Badger to force Yale into a timeout just 2:39 into the game. The Bulldogs did come out of the timeout with a 5-0 run, but the Huskies owned the first quarter by finishing with a 15-8 lead.

The second quarter is when Yale’s little-but-loud student section started making its ruckus. Northern saw itself with a 19-11 lead, and Yale decided to change that by forcing four turnovers in a 7-0 run that brought the game to a narrow 19-18 Huskies lead.

However, the Huskies got themselves out of trouble with a swished 3-ball by Fealko and an and-1 by Welsh to bump the lead back to 25-18. The teams traded baskets to end the half with Northern carrying a 27-21 lead and 10 points by Badger into the locker room.

Yale kept chipping and chipping at Northern’s lead, but the Bulldogs just couldn’t bite the Huskies. The closest Yale got was early in the third quarter as they brought Northern’s lead down to 31-29 with a Jordan Craig bucket, but missed layups and free throws prevented a tie and a possible lead.

Once again, when Northern saw their lead in jeopardy, they strung together a pair of golden possessions, this time with a free throw by Welsh and a bigtime 3-pointer by Fealko. That helped the Huskies to a 35-31 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Yale shaved Northern’s lead down to six points twice in the fourth quarter, but the first time they responded with a 3-pointer by Matt Baravik. When Yale threatened again, Fealko hit a 3-ball to make it 49-40 with 3:45 to go.

“We hit some big shots, especially in the fourth quarter to give us separation,” Jamison said. “Yale played so hard and so smart, and they did a great job taking us out of our sets … I was pleased with our effort.”

Yale junior Matthew Donnellon, left, sophomore Blake Pilgrim and sophomore Derik Porrett celebrate after scoring streak led to a Northern time out during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale junior Matthew Donnellon, left, sophomore Blake Pilgrim and sophomore Derik Porrett celebrate after scoring streak led to a Northern time out during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Port Huron Northern senior Geryd Welsh drives the ball past Yale senior Jordan Craig during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Port Huron Northern senior Geryd Welsh drives the ball past Yale senior Jordan Craig during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Port Huron Northern senior Kodi Badger blocks a shot by Yale senior Cody Kegley during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Port Huron Northern senior Kodi Badger blocks a shot by Yale senior Cody Kegley during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Port Huron Northern senior Kodi Badger takes a shot in front of several Yale defenders during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Port Huron Northern senior Kodi Badger takes a shot in front of several Yale defenders during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale players put their hands in a huddle with coach Garnett Kohler during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale players put their hands in a huddle with coach Garnett Kohler during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale senior Cody Kegley drives the ball down court during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale senior Cody Kegley drives the ball down court during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale junior Cade Smeznik takes a shot over Port Huron Northern senior Geryd Welsh during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

Yale junior Cade Smeznik takes a shot over Port Huron Northern senior Geryd Welsh during a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School.

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