TERRE HAUTE -- Friday night's boys' basketball jamboree involving the three Vigo county schools along with Northview was a lesson in intensity all the way around.
All four teams played their two quarters with a level of determination and high paced recklessness that the casual observer might have thought that the IHSAA trophy was at stake. Bodies were flying both into bleachers, across the scorer's table and across the floor and in Zach Keyes case a pair of glasses will need to be replaced.
But Keyes did a pretty good job in the meantime as he lead all scorers with 16 points in the Knight's two quarters of action.
The two quarters the Knights played, the first against Terre Haute North and the second against West Vigo, were a study in contrasts.
Northview took the court in quarter two after partner team, South, ran amok on West Vigo to compile a 32-9 lead through one period. Cue the Knights to come in against North.
Though Northview kept a quick tempo throughout the quarter, they seemed a bit out of sync on the offensive end in their first game action. The Knights only scored seven points in the quarter and though they were defeated 15-7 by North, played some solid defense off and on. The fourth quarter was a bit different.
Defense more or less flew out the window as Northview and West Vigo combined to score 28 points in the last period. Though they scored 31 points, the Knights relied a great deal on freelancing their shots and not much on offensive sets.
The Vikings did a good job of penetrating the lane and Northview seemed a step slow in reacting during the final quarter.
South shot 72 percent in that first quarter but was a bit off in their second quarter of action as they faced rival North. The Patriots won that quarter 17-10 and were the only team to win both of their quarters.
West Vigo, while undersized, does possess some quickness to the hope and showed some scoring ability.
The Knights and Braves got the combined 80-68 victory but have some work to do before their season openers.
Northview will play county rival Clay City in their opener at home on December 3.