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Knights thump previously unbeaten Warriors at home

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

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Northview's Matt Brand had two points versus Danville on Saturday night.

Looking at the big picture, Northview High School basketball coach

Mitch Lancaster was not pleased with the Knights' play Friday night's victory over West Vigo. The second-year coach got his message across to the Knights before Saturday's contest with the Danville Warriors.

"We got their attention now. We played at a really high level tonight. We were very focused on defense. I thought our offensive movement and unselfishness was much better," Northview Coach Mitch Lancaster said.

The results of that improved defense and teamwork was a stunning 78-57 victory for Northview over previously undefeated Danville.

"We just got their attention and [the players] fought harder,"

Lancaster said.

Northview (5-0) broke the game open in the first quarter with an 11-0 run. From a 4-4 tie, the Knights made it 15-4 with the run. The Knights led 41-21 at halftime and extended their lead to 31 points in the fourth quarter.

"I thought our defensive intensity was really good in the first half,"

Lancaster said.

Logan Whitman led the Knights' balanced attack with 24 points, followed by Zach Keyes with 23 and Craig Greenwood with 14. Shawn Hughes led the Knights with four steal. Josh Timm "defensively, I am really pleased with him," Lancaster said.

The way Northview won surprised Lancaster. Danville entered the contest undefeated with wins over Southmont, Monrovia and Avon. The Warriors started a big, strong frontline of 6-6, 250-pound junior center Jason Graeber, 6-3, 190-pound senior forward Tim Baldwin and 6-4, 230-pound senior forward Ryne Foster. "We thought we would have as much of a problem with them as anybody we play," Lancaster said.

But Northview outrebounded Danville 28-17 and held Baldwin and Foster to a combined six points just seven shots.

"We did a good job in the match-up [zone] and a good job in our man-to-man defense, too," Lancaster said.

That good defense covered up a potential problem for the Knights.

Whitman was whistled for his second foul just 2 minutes and 6 seconds into the contest and went to the bench with 5:54 to play in the first quarter.

Timm picked up the slack for Northview. The senior guard hit a free throw, then found Keyes open for a 3-pointer and dumped a pass inside to Greenwood for two points and a 15-4 Northview lead.

Tyler Akers' three sent the Knights into the second period up- 18-8 and Keyes quickly made it 20-8.

Northview (4-0) shot 57 percent (30-52) in the win. Danville shot 55 percent (26-47).

The Knights are back on their home court Friday night against the Avon Orioles.

Danville (57)

Foster 6-10 0-1 12, Baldwin 1-2 2, Graeber 2-5 0-0 4, Spence 4-8 0-0 10, Robinson 8-11 0-4 17, Brown 3-6 1-2 8, Stewart 1-3 2, Fields 1-1 0-0 2, Ator 0-0 0-2 0, Peters 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-47 FG, 1-9 FT, 57 TP.

Northview (78)

Keyes 9-13 3-5 23, Hughes 1-2 0-1 2, Greenwood 6-6 14, Whitman 9-15 3-5 24, Timm 2-5 1-2 6, Hoover 0-1 1-2 1, Akers 1-1 0-0 3, Brand 1-1 0-0 2, Wells 0-6 1-2 1, McCoy 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Thacker 0-0 0-0 0, Landry 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 30-52 FG, 11-20 FT, 78 TP.

Danville8131521--57
Northview18231621--78

3-Pt. Goals: Danville 4-9 (Spence 2-3, Robinson 1-1, Brown 1-2, Foster 0-1, Stewart 0-1, Peters 0-1), Northview 7-13 (Whitman 3-7, Keyes 2-3, Timm 1-2, Akers 1-1). Total fouls: Danville 14, Northview 9. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Danville 17 (Foster 5), Northveiw 28 (Keyes, Timm 5).Turnovers: Danville 15, Northview 14. Assists: Northview 12 (Timm 4, Whitman 4, Keyes 3) Steals: Northview 14 (Hughes 4, Keyes 3).

JV game: Northview (3-2) won 37-25. Michael Landry 15 points.

Next game: Northview (4-0) will host Avon on Friday.



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