SWITZ CITY -- Saturday's battle between Northview and White River Valley was about redemption for the Knights. After dropping an 80-78 decision to the Wolverines during the Hall of Fame Classic Tournament, the Knights wanted revenge.
Saturday they got it.
The two squads swapped the lead eight separate times in the second half but Northview climbed back from a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter to end the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-61 road win.
"The kids really persevered," commented Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "We're going to have sectional games like this so it was important that we persevere when the game gets into crunch time."
The Knights got a clutch fourth quarter performance from point guard Josh Timm and center Craig Greenwood who scored 10 points.
The two teamed up for several eye opening plays in the final quarter, the best, an eye-opening behind-the-back pass from Timm to Greenwood gave the Knights the lead for good at 54-53.
"(Josh) Timm really came up big for us today," said Lancaster. "You need to have the ball in your point guard's hands at the end of the ballgame and he did a great job of getting people the ball."
The Knights struggled from the field in the third quarter, hitting just four-of-11 shots. However, Timm's 3-pointer and leaning shot in the paint, coupled with Logan Whitman's rebound of his own missed shot at the buzzer, gave Northview a 47-46 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
The Knights were able to defend White River Valley's leading scorer, Butler recruit A.J. Graves, well throughout the game, holding him to just six-of-17 shooting. However it was Graves who got the Wolverines going in the fourth quarter.
Graves knocked down a 3-pointer to open the period followed by a rebound of a miss in the lane to put WRV ahead 51-47.
Then Timm rebounded a shot followed by a putback basket by Brandt Zimmerly of WRV. But Whitman would knock down a 3-pointer to narrow the gap to 53-52 and Timm brought the Northview faithful to their feet when he drove to the basket, drawing two defenders and deftly whipping a pass behind his back to Greenwood on the baseline for a layin.
The hoop officially swung the momentum in the Knight's favor and the Wolverines couldn't buy a basket.
Greenwood took another pass from Timm for a basket and the foul at the 3:57 mark. Greenwood missed the free throw but grabbed his own rebound and Zach Keyes drilled a jumper from the corner to push the cushion to 58-53.
The Wolverines Jordan Schantz responded by scoring along the baseline, part of his 14 point game, but Timm responded by drilling one of his three 3-pointers in the game. He then picked up a steal near the midcourt line and his layin gave Northview a 63-55 lead.
Graves would miss a 3-pointer that Keyes rebounded and followed with a basket and a 10-point Northview lead. Greenwood would add another basket with just over a minute left and the Knights hit five-of-six free throws to close out the win over the 15-4 Wolverines.
Whitman was held to 14 points, nine below his average, but he also grabbed nine rebounds and was a major force in the defense on Graves. Timm's 20 points was a game-high, just ahead of Keyes' 17 points. Keyes also added eight rebounds for Northview who has won seven straight and nine of 10 games.
Northview (16-3 overall) will face Greencastle at home on Tuesday night. The junior varsity game tips off at 6:30 p.m.
In the junior varsity contest, Northview got a game-high 19 points from Evan McCoy along with 14 from Michael Landry to pick up a 52-44 win over White River Valley.
Northview rebounded from a 34-31 deficit heading into the final quarter to outscore the Wolverines 21-10 in the final quarter.
Devon Chamberlain added eight points for Northview and freshman Josiah Brock added seven.
Whitman 6-14 0-0 14, Timm 7-13 3-4 20, Akers 2-3 0-0 4, Keyes 6-10 4-4 17, Greenwood 4-4 2-3 10, Brand 1-2 1-1 3, Hoover 1-1 2-2 4, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-47 12-14 72.
English 1-4 0-0 3, Graves 6-17 5-5 19, Powell 1-1 2-2 4, Floyd 6-14 2-2 15, Schantz 7-14 0-0 14, Zimmerly 2-7 0-0 6. Totals: 23-57 9-9 61.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 6-17 (Timm 3-7, Whitman 2-5, Keyes 1-3, Akers 0-1, Brand 0-1), WRV 6-22 (Floyd 1-3, Graves 2-11, English 1-3, Zimmerly 2-5). Total Rebounds -- Northview 30 (Whitman 9, Keyes 8, Greenwood 5), WRV 26 (Floyd 5, Graves 5). Total Fouls -- Northview 9, WRV 14. Fouled out -- WRV (Schantz). Turnovers -- Northview 10, WRV 4.