The Knights got a combined 51 points from Logan Whitman and Zach Keyes in handling the Vikings 82-49 in Northview's first Western Indiana Conference game of the year.
The score was tight for most of the first half as Northview got an early 12-3 lead on a steal and hoop by Whitman. But the Vikings would close the gap to 12-9 after Sean Lowe converted a 3-point play. After the first quarter the Knights had pulled back out to a seven point lead at 21-14, but West Vigo, as they have all year, scrapped back into the game with their five-guard rotation.
The Vikings knotted up the score at the 4:52 mark of the second period as Josh Miley hit a circus shot below the basket off a steal and hit the free throw to tie the game at 23-apiece. "West Vigo challenged us hard in the first half," commented Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "I think we sort of needed that wake up call. We were able to withstand their run and we got Logan (Whitman) hot."
Did they ever.
The middle two quarters of the game belonged to Whitman and the Knights. Whitman would find his shot midway through the second period and his teammates found him on the perimeter to the tune of three 3-pointers in the third quarter, including two of them back-to-back that moved the Knights out to a 38-26 halftime advantage.
With regular scorer Travis Hughes on the bench much of the first half with foul trouble and Josh Timm a bit gimpy because of a sore back. Keyes and Whitman continued their assault in the second half as well.
Despite breaking his glasses at the end of the first quarter, Keyes, sans eyewear, tallied seven third period points and Whitman added another three 3-pointers as part of an 11 point quarter and a game high 30 points. Keyes would add 21 of his own along with eight rebounds.
The duo's run was swift, if not painless for the Vikings.
In less than four minutes, the Knights turned a 38-28 lead into a 58-33 bulge. "Getting that 12-point lead at halftime was really key for us and then we put that spurt together in the third quarter. We were able to get Zach (Keyes) down on the low block and kick out to out shooters."
Whitman and Keyes combined for 18 of the Knights 22 points in the third quarter as Northview hit 50 percent (9-of-18) in the quarter. The Vikings couldn't find the basket, shooting 3-of-18 (17 percent).
Despite nursing a back injury, Timm added seven points and eight rebounds for the Knights. Hughes, hampered by foul trouble still added six points. Ryan Bitzegaio played some quality minutes late and added six points as well.
The Knights (3-0 overall, 1-0 WIC) will travel to Danville tonight with the junior varsity game beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Northview junior varsity dropped a 43-32 decision to the Vikings in the opening game.
West Vigo (49)
Lowe 2-13 1-1 5, Lawson 2-9 0-4 4, Dillard 1-5 2-4 4, Miley 4-6 1-4 10, Modesitt 2-2 2-2 6, Gibson 1-7 1-2 3, Abrell 0-3 1-2 1, Sweatt 2-3 0-1 4, Belleu 0-1 2-4 2, Martin 2-7 2-2 6, Delev 0-2 0-0 0, Bahr 0-1 0-0 0, Peacock 1-2 2-2 4. Totals: 17-61 14-26 49.
Wegner 1-5 2-2 4, Whitman 12-21 0-0 30, Timm 2-4 2-2 7, Keyes 9-16 3-4 21, Hughes 3-4 0-0 6, Bitzegaio 3-6 0-0 6, Akers 2-6 0-0 4, Brand 1-3 0-0 2, Greenwood 1-3 0-0 2, Hoover 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 34-70 7-9 82.
3-pointfieldgoals -- West Vigo 1-12 (Miley 1-2, Lowe 0-5, Dillard 0-3, Delev 0-1, Abrell 0-1), Northview 7-16 (Whitman 6-9, Timm 1-1, Keyes 0-1, Akers 0-3, Brand 0-1, Wegner 0-1). Total Rebounds -- West Vigo 35 (Lawson 6, Martin 5), Northview 49 (Keyes 8, Timm 8, Greenwood 6). Total Fouls -- West Vigo 11, Northview 18. Turnovers -- West Vigo 12, Northview 8.