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Knights outlast Tiger Cubs for road win

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

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Northview's Travis Hughes (#25) shoots over a pair of Greencastle defenders during Tuesday's road win for the Knights. Hughes had 17 points in the game. Carey Fox photo

GREENCASTLE -- Go with what works.

Mitch Lancaster made some adjustments to Northview's offense in the second half of its boys' high school basketball game with Greencastle on Wednesday.

He moved away from the Knights' usual explosive offense to a motion offense in which his team took advantage of rebounds and second chances to defeat the Tiger Cubs 78-59.

"I went back to an offense I really haven't run in a long time," Lancaster said. "(Greencastle) was clogging up the middle so hard, but we did all right."

Greencastle managed to pull to within four points of its guests by the end of the first half. But the second half means second chances for Tiger Cub opponents.

Josh Timm opened the third quarter for the Knights with a 3-pointer followed by an offensive rebound and another trey from the junior to give them a 39-31 lead and a comfortable cushion to work with the rest of the evening.

"He's been a big-time player for us this year," Lancaster said of Timm. "He's our third scorer and creates well off the dribble."

When the Tiger Cubs managed to pull within nine points early in the fourth quarter, Northview closed out the game by outscoring them 23-11 and 45-30 for the second half.

"I thought (Greencastle) played at a very high level for a long time and we had trouble taking control from that standpoint, but I thought our press looked better in the third and fourth quarter and wore them down a little bit," Lancaster said.

Four players scored in double figures led by Zach Keyes' 18 points. Travis Hughes had 17 points followed by 12 points each from Timm and Logan Whitman.

"Josh Timm stepped up and Zach Keyes and Travis Hughes had a great game rebounding the basketball and defending," Lancaster said. "That's what it takes."

Northview (78)

T.Hughes 6-12 5-6 17, Timm 5-7 0-0 12, Whitman 3-8 4-4 12, Keyes 9-13 0-2 18, Akers 1-2 0-0 3, Wegner 2-3 2-2 6, Greenwood 2-3 1-2 5, Brand 0-0 0-0 0, Bitzgaio 2-3 1-2 5, Hoover 0-0 0-0 0, King 0-1 0-0 0, S.Hughes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals ? 30-52 FG, 13-20 FT, 78 TP.

Greencastle (59)

Sibbitt 2-8 1-2 5, English 5-10 0-0 12, Stinebrickner-Kauffman 7-9 0-0 14, Skates 0-0 0-0 0, Torrence 8-11 1-1 19, Sullivan 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 0-1 1-2 1, Babington 3-3 0-3 6, Blake 0-3 0-0 0. Totals ? 26-46 FG, 3-8 FT, 59 TP.

At Greencastle

Northview16172223-- 78
Greencastle11181218-- 59

3-point goals -- NV 5-8 (Whitman 2-4, Timm 2-3), GC 4-13 (Torrence 2-3, English 2-6). Rebounds -- NV 26 (Hughes 9, Keyes 8), GC 18 (Torrence 5). Assists -- NV 11 (Whitman 3, Timm 3, Wegner 3), GC 5 (Skates 3). Steals -- NV 4 (Keyes 2), GC 6 (Torrence 3). Total fouls -- NV 14, GC 14. Fouled out -- Torrence. Technical foul -- Sibbitt. Turnovers -- NV 12, GC 16.

Junior varsity -- Northview 58 (Landry 17), Greencastle 34 (Blake 10).

Next games: Greencastle (9-9) will play at Southmont on Friday. Northview (19-2) will host Fountain Central on Feb. 28.



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