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Posted on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 11:51 p.m.

Huron survives third meeting with Pioneer, 56-52, advances to Class A district final

By Pete Cunningham


Pioneer's Jeremiah Strode led all scorers with 16 points, but it was Jeff Hugan (pictured) and Huron that prevailed, 56-52, in the Class A district semifinal.

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BRIGHTON -- Pioneer point guard Jimmy Holman dribbled the ball just past half court as the Huron defenders - set in a 2-3 zone - stood in their defensive stances, both challenging the other to make the first move.

Ten seconds passed. Then 30. Then a minute as each side stared the other down. The scoreboard at Brighton High School read 22-22 halfway through the second quarter of a Class A district semifinal game, which may as well have been high noon in the Old West.

It may have taken until the third time the teams met this season for it to happen, but the Huron versus Pioneer rivalry finally lived up to its reputation on Wednesday night

In its first game decided by less than 10 points since mid-January, Huron prevailed 56-52 to advance to Friday’s district final. The River Rats (20-1) will play Skyline (12-10), which beat Dexter 46-35 in the night's early semifinal.

More coverage at Rest of the Story | Boxscore | District Bracket

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Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 12:08 p.m.

To clarify: that's "Anyone who EVER attended either school knew that it was going to be a tight game." I wish we could edit our posts after posting. No matter how much you try to proofread a post, sometimes things slip through. It must be too early in the morning...


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 12:04 p.m.

This game scared me more than any. After the blowout win, I knew that if Huron played Pioneer again, there was a very good chance of an upset. Anyone who attended either school knew that this was going to be a tight game; it's the way the rivalry works. This may be Huron's toughest game until the semis if they can keep from playing the next game with a "hangover" from Pioneer.