Career night for Chapman pushes No. 18 Huskies over No. 5 Mustangs, 84-71

The Blue Valley Northwest boys varsity basketball team defeated Blue Valley North, 84-71. Junior Jack Chapman set a career-high 37 points in the win.

Jonny Isaacson, Sports Editor

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Going into the second half, the Huskies would be leading 40-24 thanks to a big 25-11 run sparked by senior guard Markell Hood. Hood finished the quarter with 17 points including five threes. Hood said he was just looking to be aggressive and bring lots of energy.

“We were just coming in to bring energy, play hard and play together and to carry on from our tournament in Springfield,” Hood said.

Extending their momentum into the third quarter, the Huskies would extend their lead, 53-29. The momentum would soon flip however as the Mustangs would close the quarter on a 23-9 run to cut the Huskies lead to 11.

The Mustangs would carry their run into the fourth quarter, trailing only by seven with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.  Knowing the game was on the line junior Jack Chapman stepped up in a big way scoring 11 points for the Huskies in the final five minutes to close the game out.

“I feel like I’m our teams leader this year, thought I should step up and thought I should take control of the game,” Chapman said. “I think everyone played well together and we got a team win.”

The Huskies would go on to finish the game with an 84-71 win over the fifth ranked Mustangs. Chapman would set a new career-high for points in a game with 37. Chapman said the career-high was a team effort.

“It’s exciting, it was more of a team effort, they got me the ball and ran the right options for me,” Chapman said. “I was really excited it was a lot of fun.”

Finishing the game with 25 points, Hood said the team needs to build on the win and get ready to make a title run.

“Just keep building [from tonight] and just get better and get ready for State,” Hood said.

With the win the Huskies record improves to 2-2 on the season. Blue Valley Northwest will play Olathe East at 7:30 p.m. at BVNW on Dec. 21.