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Knights hold off hot-shooting Patriots with pair of 34 point efforts

Monday, January 12, 2004

Northview's Logan Whitman (#23) and Nick Wells (backdrop) defend Owen Valley's Tommy Mosier.

Not to be outdone by the their female counterparts on the basketball court who put up 76 points in the opening game of the night, the Northview boys team rang up 87 points against Owen Valley but needed an 8-2 closing to run to finish off the Patriots, 87-76.

The Knights got off to a slow start in the first quarter trailing 11-3 quickly after a two-handed dunk by Jake Truax several minutes into the game. However, after a Northview timeout, Zach Keyes and Logan Whitman got into a groove that lasted for nearly the entire game.

"Zach (Keyes) ran the floor as well as he has all season, tonight," commented Northview coach Mitch Lancaster.

After Matt Brand's 3-pointer in the early minutes of the game, Keyes and Whitman combined for the remaining 15 points of the first quarter for the Knights who led 18-15 after one period.

Keyes had the hot hand in the second quarter hitting all seven of his shots to end up with a 22 point first half in his quest for the 1,000 point mark for his career.

He would finish the contest with 34 points, as would Whitman who led the Knights in the third quarter with 13 points and boosted them to a 59-45 advantage through 24 minutes.

But the Patriots weren't done.

Kyle Jennings, who hit six 3-pointers in the game, would hit two during a 16-4 Patriots run that culminated in another Truax dunk and a stunned crowd who saw a 16 point Northview lead evaporate to just four at 68-64.

"We had trouble focusing on defense," commented Lancaster. "I don't know how many times we had to let (Jennings) shoot before we finally defended him."

Northview would be clutch in crunch time however as Keyes and Whitman each hit 3-pointers and Tyler Akers and Shawn Hughes each hit all four of their free throws to hold off the Patriots down the stretch. "I thought our kids really stepped up in a pressure situation tonight," noted Lancaster. "Sometimes it's tough to do that. I think playing in these types of situations will help us down the road."

"Last year we didn't really have the bullseye on our backs until the halfway point, but this year we're getting everyone's best game," said Lancaster.

Tonight the Knights (8-2 overall, 4-0 WIC) will visit Rockville beginning with the junior varsity game at 6:30 p.m.

Owen Valley (76)

Mosier 2-7 0-0 6, Myers 1-4 0-0 3, Truax 8-14 5-9 21, Leach 6-11 1-1 15, Jennings 6-12 0-0 18, Zeunik 0-0 3-4 3, Berry 3-3 0-1 9, Lester 0-2 1-4 1. Totals: 26-53 10-19 76.

Northview (87)

Brand 1-1 0-0 3, Whitman 12-17 5-6 34, Akers 0-3 4-4 4, Keyes 15-21 2-3 34, Greenwood 0-1 0-0 0, Timm 2-6 0-1 4, Hughes 0-1 4-4 4, Wells 1-2 0-0 2, Hoover 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 32-53 15-18 87.

Owen Valley15151531-- 76
Northview18192228-- 87

3-point fieldgoals -- Owen Valley 14-25 (Jennings 6-10, Berry 3-3, Leach 2-2, Mosier 2-5, Myers 1-4, Truax 0-1), Northview 8-19 (Whitman 5-10, Keyes 2-3, Brand 1-1, Akers 0-2, Timm 0-3). Total Rebounds -- Owen Valley 22 (Leach 9, Truax 6), Northview 25 (Keyes 6, Whitman 4). Total Fouls -- Owen Valley 13, Northview 21. Turnovers -- Owen Valley 9, Northview 6.

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