Huerta lifts Vikings to Win with last-second heroics

Runnin' Vikes point guard Kobe Huerta drives the lane against Walla Walla. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Yakima Valley Jan.24th.
Runnin' Vikes point guard Kobe Huerta drives the lane against Walla Walla. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Yakima Valley Jan.24th.

By Rodney Harwood of the Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — Koby Huerta was something like 0-for-December from 3-point range after going into the NWAC schedule shooting 49.4 percent from beyond the arc.

But the 5-foot-9 Big Bend freshman that helped Kentwood win a 4A Washington state championship, stayed the course and found his stroke when the Runnin' Vikes needed it most.

The final play with 12.1 seconds remaining was designed to be a pick-a-roll from the top, but Yakima Valley (13-7, 4-3 NWAC East) switched out of their 1-1-3 to a 2-3 zone and the designed set broke down. The ball rotated back to Huerta on the wing, on the spot, and he let fly the biggest 3-point shot of the night to help the Runnin' Vikes extend their win streak to three games and come away with a big 77-74 victory at DeVries Activity Center.

"That's my spot," said Huerta, looking at the spot on the right wing. "I hadn't been shooting the 3 well, but I don't think about it at all. The only way to get out of a funk is to keep shooting and that was my mindset.

"It felt good when I put it up and I heard the bench say it was going in."

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