With practically an entirely new varsity roster from last season, the Northview Knights produced much the same results as last year's regional finalist squad.
Albeit by implementing a much, much different style of play.
The Knights used a very deliberate style of basketball to upset a Martinsville squad that returned four starters from last season's team, 38-36.
The Artesians, coming off a near upset of sixth-ranked Indianapolis Arlington on Wednesday night, allowed Northview to control the pace of the game and the Knights got some big plays from their post players down the stretch to pick up a season-opening win.
"This is a big win for us," commented interim head coach Tony Trout who is at the helm while head coach Mitch Lancaster recovers from surgery earlier in the year. "This is an important early win for us. Any wins we can get early in the season helps build our confidence."
A youthful Northview squad featuring four new varsity starters stuck to high-scoring Martinsville guard Andy Stroud like glue, allowing him just 11 points after lighting up Arlington for 34 points and 10 3-pointers.
"Our defense was really the key tonight," commented Trout. "Our 1-3 chaser defense on Stroud definitely disrupted their offense."
The Knights stayed close in the first half as senior guard Shawn Hughes tallied seven of his nine points and Brodee Miller pulled down five of his nine rebounds as Northview trailed 21-19 at the halftime break. Martinsville's David Thacker hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first two quarters but Stroud was held to just three points.
"That's the best Brodee (Miller) has played for us," agreed the entire Northview staff after the game.
In the second half the Knights fell behind 27-21 shortly into the third quarter after a Stroud 3-pointer. However, Northview senior Wade Thacker responded with a shot of his own from long range and junior Nick Wells hit one-of-two from the free throw line. After Martinsville's Ryan Sichting picked up a hoop, Hughes followed with a bucket and Wells pulled down a missed shot and got the putback to pull the Knights even once more at 29-apiece.
With time running out in the third period, the sophomore Miller stuck a baseline jumper to give the Knights the lead heading into the final eight minutes, 31-29.
The Artesians wouldn't go away however, and Sichting managed to find space underneath the basket to put home a shot and draw the foul. His free throw would give Martinsville the lead at 32-31.
But it would be their last.
The Knights would answer with another 3-pointer from Thacker and 6'7 Heath Chamberlain yanked down a rebound and put home the shot to take a 36-34. After a Martinsville miss, Chamberlain would bring the crowd to their feet with another basket, part of a seven point, seven rebound night in his regular season basketball debut.
His final points put the Knights ahead 38-34 with less than a minute remaining.
Thacker would miss a chance to extend the lead from the free throw line but at the other end, Jason Boren would also miss the front end of a one-and-one attempt with just 39 seconds left.
Things began to get pretty tense for Northview fans when they turned the ball over on the next possession and Tim Dearlove picked up a basket to narrow the gap to 38-36.
Martinsville would get another chance as Dearlove missed a 3-pointer, but Miller would pull down the last of his nine rebounds in the game with just 4.9 ticks left on the clock.
Miller would go to the free throw line after being fouled on the rebound, but his shot rimmed out giving Martinsville one last opportunity.
After several strategic timeouts by both teams, the Artesians brought the ball inbounds, with Dearlove dashing in to put up a jumper that found too much iron and the Knights held on for the victory.
"Offensively we tried to show patience," said Trout. "We felt that taking high percentage shots was important and (Martinsville) was willing to let us play at our pace. This is a big confidence boost to get a win against a good team. We're hoping to see (our) team continue to get better throughout the season."
The Knights (1-0 overall) will host Terre Haute North on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
In junior varsity action the Knights put together a double-digit lead in the third quarter on stingy defense, but allowed Martinsville to narrow the gap over the course of the final period.
The Knights were able to hold on and survive a last shot opportunity by the Artesians and post a 39-37 win as Ryan Brown and Michael Medearis each scored 11 points. Devon Chamberlain added six and Josiah Brock added five for the Knights.
Thacker 3-7 0-1 9, Hughes 4-8 0-0 9, Miller 2-5 2-3 6, Wells 2-2 1-2 5, H.Chamberlain 3-5 1-2 7, Sanbria 0-2 0-0 0, Reece 1-1 0-0 2, Meunier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-30 4-8 38.
Dearlove 3-11 1-3 7, Thacker 3-8 0-1 9, Stroud 4-10 0-0 11, Sichting 4-5 1-1 9, Boren 0-0 0-1 0, Thiebe 0-4 0-0 0, Krebs 0-1 0-0 0, Fox 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-40 2-6 36.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 4-12 (Thacker 3-7, Hughes 1-3, Sanabria 0-1, Miller 0-1), Martinsville 6-23 (Stroud 3-7, Thacker 3-6, Dearlove 0-6, Thiebe 0-3, Krebs 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Northview 26 (Miller 9, H.Chamberlain 7), Martinsville 20 (Sichting 3). Total Fouls -- Northview 14, Martinsville 13. Fouled out -- Northview (H.Chamberlain), Martinsville (Sichting). Turnovers -- Northview 15, Martinsville 9.