For the top teams in the NIC-10, separating themselves from the pack has been a difficult task. For the Hononegah Indians, a new challenge now lies in going forward without Jacob Doyle. The senior will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his ACL on December 28th.
The Indian’s tough zone defense had been the main story early in the season. They’ve held teams like Auburn and Boylan to under 50 points, and limited Jefferson’s effectiveness inside the perimeter. But for now, the focus has shifted to the Hononegah offense as they adjust to operating without Doyle.
On Friday, it was Jack Granath who led the Indian offense to a 47-36 win over the Harlem Huskies. Utilizing Granath was a goal of Hononegah head coach Mike Miller from the start of the game. “One of the things we really tried to emphasize was Granath”, said Miller. “We had to get him touches, and I thought our guys did a great job of screening to get him open and then making sure he got the ball in the right position.”
Granath was in the right position for 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists against Harlem.
The Harlem Huskies hung with the Indians through three quarters, and led Hononegah 19-15 at halftime. The Huskies were also fueled by eight 3-pointers, five of them coming from senior Safari Hunt.
But Hononegah started the third quarter with 10 consecutive points, and held Harlem’s top shooter, Justin VanWambeke to just seven points on the night.
“I thought our rebounding was outstanding,” said Coach Miller. “I think VanWambeke is one of the best players in the conference and I thought we did a good job of identifying where he was at, and keeping him in front of us. Once we gave up shots, we did a great job of rebounding. If you can control the boards, you got a great chance of winning.”
Hononegah faces Guilford at home on Friday.
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