Pioneer Defeats Rival Huron

Seamus Cares

Pioneer and Huron have been rivals for years, and the competition has been heated every single game. In recent years Huron has dominated Pioneer with its not stop pressure defense.

The River Rats squeeze the life out of teams with their traps and make opponents cough up the ball for easy fast break layups. On the other hand, the Pioneers play a slower more calculated game that picks apart their opponent with good passing and mid- range shooting.

When the River Rats and Pioneers met, Pioneer knew they had to break Huron’s press. Pioneer did just that, getting the ball down the court quickly with crisp short passes between the River Rat defense.After the press was broken Pioneer easily got the ball down to the low block and scored most of their points off layups. Pioneers senior center Tevis Robinson caught the ball multiple times on the low block and scored with no defense around him. Robinson finished the game with 20 points and lifted his team to a tough win over their rivals.The only real scare for the Pioneers came late in the 3rd quarter when Tevis came out of the game for a rest and the River Rats promptly went on a 12-2 run cutting the lead to just 5. Huron was down by double digits for more than half the game and it felt as though
pioneer had really “solved” the Huron defense.

Other key players for the Pioneers were senior guard Aedan York with 12 points, senior guard Jibreel Hussein with 10 points, and senior forward Cal Kirchen with 10 points. For Huron the major contributors were Xavier Cochron with 11, Ernest Johnson with 9, and Brian Walker with 7.

The River Rats play a 4-5 Skyline squad next. The game looks to be competitive, both teams are hungry and looking for in conference wins. In the past Huron has dominated Skyline winning every match up so far. This season the 2012-2013 eagles look to be the first team in school history to take down Huron.