From Staff Reports
NASHVILLE -- More often than not, high school coaches say, "I'm going to enjoy this win ..." after a big overtime victory in conference play.
But Saturday night, Northview coach Mitch Lancaster wasn't enjoying much of anything after the Knights' 81-79 double-overtime win over the surprising Brown County Eagles.
"I haven't been disappointed very often this season, but I'm really
disappointed with our effort on defense, rebounding and [going after] loose balls," Lancaster said.
With the final 12.2 seconds ticking off the game clock, Amos Wegner drove between two defenders on the right wing of Brown County's zone defense, double-pumped to get past 6'4 Brian Williams and tossed the game-winning layup over the front of the rim.
A Brown County immediately called timeout and the game clock had to be re-set to half a second. Zach Keyes intercepted Brown County's
"You've got to win a few games like this to have a good season and we were able to tonight. Amos [Wegner] made a big play for us there at the end," Lancaster said.
The victory improved the Knights to 14-1 overall and at 5-0 in the Western Indiana Conference, secured them a share of first place in the WIC. Northview can win the title outright at Sullivan on Friday.
And Sullivan will probably play a mixture of zone defenses at
Northview, for Brown County found it effective.
The Eagles' zone defenses turned the running-gunning Knights into
wakers. The Knights walked the ball up the court much of the second half and rarely got a fastbreak, despite a 36-27 rebounding advantage.
Two plays magnified Lancaster's concerns about the Knights' performance.
Brown County scored the game-tying basket at the end of regulation from two offensive rebounds. Brown County's Cole Smith put up the first shot, teammate Josh Eddins rebounded, shot and missed and teammate Williams grabbed the second rebound and put it back for a 64-64 tie, sending the contest into overtime.
The teams remained deadlocked 71-71 after the first four-minute
overtime and were tied 79-79 into the final second of the second overtime when Wegner made the game-winning drive.
The other signature play came in the second period. A Logan Whitman 3-pointer put the Knights up 22-17. On the following possession, the Eagles got the ball into the frontcourt and penetrated the free throw lane, and the Knights knocked the ball loose. The ball was on the floor between three Knights. But Brown County's Craig Hoskins grabbed loose ball,
dribbled out to the top of the key and fired a wide-open 3-point
basket.Lancaster stomped from his seat to the far end of the bench for not getting that loose ball."We really got outhustled tonight," Lancaster said.
Northview shot 55 percent (16-29) through the first half and led 38-30 at halftime. The Knights increased their lead to 10 points early in the third period and still led 53-45 going into the fourth period.
For the game, Northview shot 47 percent (29-61). Whitman led the Knights with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting, 4-12 from 3-point range, and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Zach Keyes scored 21 points and Josh Timm had 12.