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Knights remain unbeaten with victory

Saturday, January 11, 2003

SPENCER -- The anticipated matchup of speed and quickness versus sheer size never materialized between Northview and Owen Valley on Friday night.

The flu bug saw to that.

Owen Valley's 6'10 Casey Neal sat out with the flu and 6'7 Darrin Line saw next to no court time against Class 4A's ninth-ranked Knights.

With that size out of the lineup, Northview took control midway through the first quarter and took care of business against the Patriots 89-70.

"I'm glad that we played this well offensively on the road," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster afterwards. "But I'd like us to play a little better on the defensive end, their guards sliced and diced us tonight and their big kids really hit the boards."

The Knights were outrebounded for the game by a slim margin and their guards were able to breakdown the Knights especially in the early going.

The Patriots rode their early momentum out to a quick 7-0 lead before the Knights finally settled into a balanced attack in the first quarter. Owen Valley was able to hang with the Knights until they turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter.

Nine second quarter turnovers led Northview to a 43-26 halftime advantage.

The Knights held Owen Valley to just 20 percent (2-10) shooting in the second quarter while Northview got their customary bursts from Zach Keyes and Josh Timm in the period.

Keyes had eight of his 20 points in the period and Timm added a pair of 3-pointers as Northview rushed out to the 19-point lead.

In the second half, Logan Whitman was simply unconscious.

After hitting three from long range in the first half, but going just five-of-15 from the floor, Whitman shocked Patriots' fans by drilling all six of his attempted 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a game-high 32 points including a season-high nine 3-pointers.

The Patriots would get within 47-36 in the third quarter after Owen Valley's Jake Truax hit a 3-pointer. But Whitman hit his first from long range in the period immediately afterwards followed by jumpers from Keyes and Timm to push the lead back to 54-36. Whitman, Keyes and Timm scored all but two points for the Knights in the third quarter as they finished the period on a 20-10 run.

In the fourth quarter Northview had the game on cruise control with Whitman hitting a pair from long range to go with one from Timm and Ryan Bitzegaio. Overall the Knights hit 14 from deep, some from NBA-range.

"We got into a real groove tonight," said Lancaster. "These kids really love to play offense and they seem to be able to dig deep and get a defensive stop when they need to."

The Knights led by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter before the Patriots closed the gap to the final margin of 17.

The Knights 11-0 overall, 3-0 WIC, will return home for a game versus coach Mitch Lancaster's former team, the Rockville Rox tonight.

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