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Huntley snaps losing streak with win over McHenry


Huntley High School’s boys basketball team has had a successful season thus far, cementing itself as one of the top teams in the Fox Valley Conference.  However, after losing three games in a row, the team needed to make a statement and breathe life back into its season.  It did just that Tuesday night in its 53-33 victory over McHenry.

“Everything’s better when you walk off the floor when you win,” said Huntley coach Marty Manning.  “Anytime you lose, the whole demeanor changes.”

Perhaps the highlight of Huntley’s night was its balanced offensive attack.  Seven different players scored and no player had more than 15 points.  Leading the offensive attack were forwards Amanze Egekeze and Zach Gorney with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Huntley’s offensive output was fueled by its inside game.  In its previous losses, Huntley was often outsized and forced to take difficult perimeter shots.  However, Egekeze and Gorney were able to take control of the lane and bring McHenry’s defenders in.  This opened up opportunities for Huntley’s perimeter shooters.

“We were able to get inside,” said Manning.  “They don’t have the same size as Prairie Ridge.”

As Huntley approaches the end of its regular season, this win could give the team the confidence it needs to take control of the conference and make a run in the playoffs.  Gorney and guards Kyle Slonka and Blake Jacobs all made 3-pointers.  If Huntley can get its shooters on a hot streak, it could become a major threat for its opponents.

“You see the basketball go in and it makes you feel better,” said Manning.

After this win, Huntley boosts its record to 16-7 and helps secure its spot in the conference.  Huntley’s next game is against rival Jacobs on Friday.

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