TERRE HAUTE -- When Northview faces either Terre Haute North or South, you can always count on an exciting contest and on Friday night the Knights chalked up a victory in round one this season with an impressive 73-60 victory.
"You've got to be happy any time you beat Terre Haute North three times in a row," commented Northview head coach Mitch Lancaster. "They've flat out dismantled some teams this season. We stumbled a little bit later in the game but I thought our kids played a whale of a game."
That they did for the first three quarters.
Both squads opened a bit tight, with neither team shooting over 33 percent in the first quarter, but the Knights held the Patriots to just four field goals in the opening period and nine total points. Meanwhile Logan Whitman got going quickly with a pair of early 3-pointers and eight first quarter points as the Knights took a 16-9 lead.
Both squads were even in the second period as Northview hit the locker room holding a 30-23 lead. But it was the third quarter and the Knight's hot shooting that helped decide the game.
Northview put together a run bridging the third and fourth quarters that dismantled the Patriots offense and defense.
For nearly an eight minute stretch, the Knights outscored their opponents 29-10 in a streak that included a 11-0 run with eight straight points from Whitman and a 3-pointer from Josh Timm that sparked the run.
The streak stretched an early third quarter Northview lead of eight points to a 45-29 lead and seemingly the rout was on.
Whitman would score 10 points in the third quarter and Timm would hit three shots from beyond the arc as part of a 17 point night. Northview's defense caused five Patriot turnovers and fed their offense for quality opportunities that turned into 48 percent shooting (15-of-31) over the middle two periods while the Patriots hit just 39 percent on nine-of-23 shooting.
"Josh (Timm) really handled the ball well tonight and hit a big 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter," said Lancaster. "He's got to come up big for us. When we have three big scoring threats, it's the secret to our success."
That success would continue in the final period as the Knights stretched their lead to as many as 24 points. Zach Keyes followed a pair of Whitman baskets with a 3-point play to move out to a 59-35 advantage in the first two minutes of the final quarter.
However, the Patriots wouldn't go away quietly.
North guard Wendell Mardis hit a trio of 3-pointers and Northview would commit five turnovers in the latter stages of the fourth quarter. The Patriots would take advantage of them and some shaky Knights' free throw shooting to get as close as 67-60 on a Devan Dean 3-pointer with a little over two minutes left but Keyes would close out the Patriots with a pair of free throws and a hoop as part of his 23 point, six rebound night.
Though he was held without a shot in the second period, Whitman would tally a game-high 24 points and add six rebounds while Shawn Hughes added five points and Dan Hoover chipped in four.
The Knights will be back on the court this evening as part of a boy-girl doubleheader at home versus Brown County. Varsity action is slated to begin at approximately 5 p.m.
Whitman (8-18 5-7 24, Timm 7-13 0-1 17, Hughes 2-2 1-2 5, Keyes 4-9 13-18 23, Greenwood 0-3 0-0 0, Akers 0-1 0-0 0, Brand 0-0 0-0 0, Hoover 2-3 0-0 4, Wells 0-0 0-0 0, Landry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-49 19-29 73.
T.H. North (60)
Grimes 0-4 0-0 0, D.O'Leary 3-4 0-0 6, Russell 0-2 0-0 0, Jeffers 4-7 4-5 12, M.O'Leary 3-11 0-0 7, Mardis 6-14 2-3 17, Blank 3-7 2-3 8, Dean 2-2 0-0 6, Gilmore 1-2 2-3 4. Totals: 22-53 10-14 60.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nview 8-23 (Timm 3-7, Whitman 3-10, Keyes 2-5, Akers 0-1), T.H. North 6-22 (Mardis 3-9, Dean 2-2, Grimes 0-2, Blank 0-1, Jeffers 0-1, M.O'Leary 1-7). Total Rebounds -- Nview 34 (Whitman 6, Keyes 6), T.H. North 32 (Blank 8). Total Fouls -- Nview 15, T.H. North 23. Fouled out -- T.H. North (Grimes, D.O'Leary, M.O'Leary). Turnovers -- Nview 15, T.H. North 17.