Clayton Ward scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists to power the Huntington varsity boys’ basketball team to a 57-35 victory over visiting league foe Centereach in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium. The win improved the Blue Devils’ overall record to 6-5.
Huntington went on a 19-7 first quarter run before outscoring Centereach in the second frame, 19-6 to head into halftime with a 38-13 advantage. Blue Devil head coach Ken Parham implored his team to avoid complacency in the must-win game and his players took the words to heart.
Max Rentsch had 13 points, 13 rebounds, eight steals and five assists and Hunter Borenstein added 12 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steal to bolster Huntington’s attack.
Senior Dylan Coleman enjoyed another good game, shooting four-for-five from the field for nine points and adding five assists, three steals and two rebounds. Kevin Drake had five points, four rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Eleven Blue Devils appeared in the game, including Charlie Girimonti, who scored two points and pulled down a rebound. Aidan McNulty had two steals and an assist. Henry Vohs grabbed four rebounds and added a steal.
Rentsch is averaging a team high 15.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Borenstein averages 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game with Ward averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Borenstein and Drake are tied for the team lead in three-pointers with 16 each. Ward has dropped 11 baskets from beyond the arc. Rentsch leads the team with 28 steals and 32 points from the foul line.
The Blue Devils have narrowly outscored their opponents over 11 games, 648-641. Huntington’s offense averages 58.9 points and its defense surrenders on average 58.3 points.
The Blue Devils will play three of their next four games on the road. Huntington plays at Copiague on Monday at 6 p.m. and at Smithtown West next Thursday (January 13) at 7:15 p.m. Huntington hosts North Babylon on Tuesday, January 18 at 5:45 p.m. before traveling to Smithtown East on Friday, January 21 for a 7:15 p.m. tipoff.
All home games are broadcast live on the Huntington Blue Devil Sports YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk46lE-ekxEKRwdFzZPgbqg