On an emotional Senior Night at Northview High School, the Knights held off a spirited effort from visiting Greencastle to win their eighth straight game with a 69-62 decision.
Honored on Tuesday night were a group of seven seniors that have thus far helped lead the school to a 71-18 mark the past four seasons, a remarkable string that includes back-to-back 21 win seasons and a 17-3 mark so far this season.
Those seniors, led by Logan Whitman's 27 points and Zach Keyes 23 along with Josh Timm's 13 were able to thwart Greencastle's opportunity for a fifth straight victory by hitting 10-of-11 free throws in the final quarter.
Northview got out to an 18-11 lead through one quarter as Keyes tallied six points and Whitman added seven, but the tide turned in the second quarter.
A cold shooting streak allowed Greencastle to whittle the Knight's lead to just 28-25 at halftime as Northview hit just five-of-14 in the quarter.
In the third quarter the Tiger Cubs would pound the ball inside to their front line of 6'5 Aden Stinebrickner-Kauffman, John Sibbitt (6'2) and Stuart Bishop (6'6).
After back-to-back 3-pointers from Keyes and Whitman gave Northview a 34-25 lead early in the third quarter, Greencastle's forwards hammered out an 11-3 run to get as close as 37-36 midway through the quarter.
But the Knights had a run of their own in store.
"We knew coming in that Northview was a team of runs," said Greencastle coach Troy Greenlee. "They are probably the most explosive team we'll face all season."
Northview showed off that scoring ability as Keyes hit a basket followed by a Michael Blake miss from Greencastle. Whitman followed with a tip-in basket and a 3-pointer that preceded a Tiger Cub turnover and then a Keyes basket.
Suddenly Northview was back up by 10 points at 46-36. The damage was done in perhaps a minute and a half tops.
But to Greencastle's credit, they were determined to make this contest a battle.
Sibbitt hit an inside basket in the final 30 seconds followed by an offensive foul by the Knights that allowed Blake to hit a 3-pointer to end the period.
Stinebrickner-Kauffman hit a shot to open the final period that got Greencastle within 46-43, but Whitman would hit a jumper followed by a pair of free throws by Timm and a Whitman 3-pointer to push the lead up to eight once again at 53-45.
From there, Northview would lead by as many as 11 points in the final minute despite five 3-pointers from Greencastle in the final quarter.
Of the seniors honored, Whitman, Timm, Keyes, Tyler Akers, Craig Greenwood, Dan Hoover and Matt Brand, all but Brand and Hoover scored in the game. Sophomore Nick Wells' free throw in the third quarter as the only point scored by a non-senior for the Knights.
The Knights will face Bloomington South (13-3) on the road with the junior varsity game beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
In the junior varsity game Northview got a game-high 16 points from Evan McCoy in rolling to a 54-33 victory over Greencastle.
A balanced scoring attack for Northview also got eight points from Wells and the Knights hit seven 3-pointers in the game to get the win.
Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Torrence 4-10 0-0 11, Stinebrickner-Kauffman 9-14 1-3 20, Sibbitt 3-10 3-4 11, Bishop 4-7 2-2 10, Cath 2-4 1-1 5, Gard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-49 7-12 62.
Whitman 10-19 3-3 27, Timm 4-8 4-4 13, Akers 1-3 0-0 2, Keyes 10-15 2-2 23, Greenwood 1-2 1-2 3, Brand 0-1 0-0 0, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Hoover 0-1 0-0 0, Wells 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 26-50 11-13 69.
3-point fieldgoals -- Greencastle 7-16 (Torrence 3-6, Sibbitt 2-6, Stinebrickner-Kauffman 1-1, Blake 1-1, Cath 0-1, Wilson 0-1), Northview 6-12 (Whitman 4-6, Timm 1-3, Keyes 1-2, Brand 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Greencastle 29 (Torrence 7, Sibbitt 6), Northview 25 (Whitman 7, Greenwood 6). Total Fouls -- Greencastle 13, Northview 10. Turnovers -- Greencastle 9, Northview 5.
JV -- Northview 54, Greencastle 33
Northview (McCoy 16), Greencastle (Fenlon 8)