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Explosive start fuels Niles North

01/25/2013, 10:45pm CST
By Travis David

Niles North wasted no time jumping all over Highland Park Friday night. When the dust settled the Vikings walked away with a 58-32 win.

Highland Park controlled the opening tip and converted a lay-up within the first 10 seconds but the momentum would be short lived. Visiting Niles North rattled off 26 unanswered points to build an insurmountable lead. The Vikings (19-3, 7-0) cruised to a 58-32 win to remain undefeated in Central Suburban League play.

Senior Malachi Nix scored just six points in the win but it was enough for a milestone. His old-fashioned three-point play with 2:52 remaining in the third period made him the all-time leading scorer. Nix now has 1,303 career points, one better than Nick Williams mark.

"It's a pretty cool feeling. I feel like a lot of weight has been lifted from my shoulders," Nix said. "It's awesome to get that record and leave my mark here at Niles North."

With Nix off to a slow start the Vikings offense turned to senior forward Billy Voitik. The Vikings big man scored all 15 of his points in the first half.

"We wanted to get him a lot of touches inside," Vikings coach Glenn Olson said. "Our guys did a nice job of feeding him inside and Billy did a nice job of finishing around the rim."

Led by Voitik's 7-for-8 shooting the Vikings finished the first 16 minutes of play 15 of 26 from the field. Niles North led 39-11 at the break.

During the scoring drought, which lasted 10 minutes, 51 seconds, Highland Park turned the ball over nine times and missed nine shots.

"A lot of things went our way in the first half," Olson said. "We got on a little streak where everything we shot went in and we were able to convert turnovers into points."

The only thing the Vikings did not do well was come out focused in the third stanza. Highland Park scored the first 12 points of the period but would come no closer.

David Sachs led the Giants with 11 points.

B.J. Beckford tied teammate Voitik with game-high honors with 15 points.

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