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Knights edge past Patriots at the line

Monday, December 9, 2002

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Northview's Zach Keyes is fouled as he goes up for a shot during the first half of Friday night's win over Terre Haute North. Keyes had 20 points.

The Northview Knights got clutch free throws from Amos Wegner and Josh Timm in the final minute of a tight game with Terre Haute North to take a 70-66 victory over the Patriots on Friday night.

Wegner and Timm would hit five-of-six free throws with less than 30 seconds remaining and North's high scoring Luke Blank missed two 3-pointers in the waning seconds as the Knights took another thrilling win at home.

Just three days earlier Timm knocked down two similarly huge free throws to help preserve a Northview victory over county rival Clay City. This time he got help from teammate Wegner who gave the Knights a 67-65 lead with :44.3 seconds remaining in the game.

At the other end, Blank would miss a long range shot that was rebounded by a skying Wegner who was fouled. This trip he would hit the first of two and North's Michael Russell would do the same, leaving the lead at 68-66 with :13.3 left. This time Timm was fouled and he coolly sank both charity shots that gave the Knights the insurmountable four point advantage.

"Josh (Timm) and Amos (Wegner) really came through tonight," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "Wegner just flat out hustles. He's an inspiration."

Blank who scored 29 point in the first game of the season, tallied 21 against the Knights. However, after hitting all three of his shots from long range in the first half, he missed all four he launched in the second half, including his final attempts to spur the Patriots to a win.

On a night when top scorer Logan Whitman scored just five points, the Knights got a balanced effort from their team to take the win. Zach Keyes kept Northview close in the first half pouring in 13 on four-of-six shooting from the field and five-of-six from the line.

Hughes would come through with eight of his 16 in the third period including a jumper that followed a 3-pointer from Whitman after the Patriots had taken a 46-39 lead with 4:20 left in the quarter. Keyes would follow with two free throws that tied the game up for Northview at 46-apiece.

Keyes was slowed in the second half after spraining an ankle late in the second quarter, but after limping off the court before halftime, he returned to score another seven to lead the Knights with 20 points.

Hughes would score eight in the third quarter including a drive along the baseline just before the end of the third period that helped give the Knights a tie leading into the final period.

In the fourth quarter the lead would tilt towards the Knights on a series of heads up plays by Keyes and Timm who would take a pair of charges from the Patriots. The fouls sent the Knights to the line where they edged out to a 62-56 lead before Blank and Marc O'Leary would combine for nine late points to get the Patriots even once again at 65-all.

Wegner and Timm's free throws would then seal the deal for the 2-0 Knights.

For the game, the Knights would sink 24-of-30 (80 percent) charity shots including 12-of-14 in the fourth quarter. "I think this gives us a lot of confidence," said Lancaster afterwards. "I think that we already had a lot of confidence coming in because these kids have experienced winning last year and that 'refuse to lose' attitude comes from winning."

The Knights will have a week to prepare for their next matchup, a home tilt with another Vigo County opponent, West Vigo, next Friday.



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