Boys basketball loses against crosstown rival Naperville Central


Photo by Will Richards

The Naperville North High School varsity boys basketball team lost against Naperville Central High School on Friday, Feb. 3. 

The Huskies (16-11) lost against the Redhawks (7-17) with a final score of 47-39.

The team’s performance started out strong, playing aggressively and ramping up their defense as the game progressed. The Huskies had excellent on-court communication throughout the half, with the first quarter ending 6-8 and the Huskies in the lead. Junior Bryce Welch exhibited strong defense, especially under the basket. Junior point guard Cole Arl discusses the positive team dynamic. 

“It really was a group effort. We just have to bounce back next week and we should have a good recovery,” Arl said.

The Huskies stuck to their tactics in the second half, continuing their determination, effective communication, and teamwork. The stands were packed with high-energy fans in the Naperville Central gymnasium. Despite losing their lead, the Huskies kept the score close in the third quarter, ending 27-20 in favor of the Redhawks. Great shots were made by senior Jacob Nolan and impressive free throws from junior Luke Williams. Head coach Gene Nolan shares his pride in the team’s performance.

“I told our guys in the locker room I loved them this morning when we woke up and I love them even more after the game. So it is all a lot to learn from and I am looking forward to seeing our guys play again,” Nolan said. 

Moving forward, the Huskies want to improve their skills for the last few games of the season. Although this was a tough loss for the team, the Huskies aim to stay strong and continue working towards better outcomes. Coach Nolan hopes to continue enhancing gameplay and sportsmanship. 

“We have two more big league games coming up and it is a chance to learn and improve in the meantime,” Nolan said.

The Huskies will play their next game at home on Friday, Feb. 10 against Metea Valley High School. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at NNHS.