The West Vigo Vikings put an end to the 19-game Western Indiana Conference winning streak of the Northview Knights on Friday as Bryan Chestnut sank the game-winning 15-foot jumper with 6.6 seconds remaining for a 43-41 victory.
After losing a substantial lead in their last game, the Vikings overcame a nine point Northview lead with 5:46 to go in the game. Jason Chapman sank a 3-pointer for the Vikings and Jake Peacock hit a pair from long range to get West Vigo within three points in the closing minutes.
His second 3-pointer drew the Vikings within 40-37 after Heath Chamberlain had completed a 3-point play for the Knights. Nick Wells would hit one-of-two free throws, but Peacock answered again, this time to get the Vikings within 41-39. Chestnut knot the game at 41-apiece with 1:17 remaining in the game to set up the final dramatics.
The Knights couldn't score in their possession and the Vikings held the ball until Chestnut came wide open along the baseline and hit his jumper to put the Vikings ahead for the first time in the game. Northview's Shawn Hughes' runner along the baseline missed and time ran out while players scrapped for the loose rebound.
"This is a very disappointing loss," commented coach Tony Trout. "We had trouble getting into our press offense tonight and they forced a lot of turnovers down the stretch."
Once more the Knights had trouble getting much offense from their guards as the starting group contributed just seven points. The Knights almost didn't need them.
Despite missing nearly the entire second quarter, Nick Wells came alive in the second half and almost carried the Knights to the win by himself.
After freshman Drew Aff tied the score at 20-all in the third period, Wells answered with an alley oop jam that brought the crowd to its feet. The jam seemed to ignite Wells' game as he went on to score the next 15 points for Northview into the fourth quarter.
"We've been trying to work our big guys in," commented Trout. "The team made some good passes and we got some rebounds and putbacks."
Wells followed his dunk on the defensive end by picking up one of his four blocks and finished on the offensive end with a basket for the Knights who put together a 13-6 run to take the 35-26 advantage in the fourth period.
However, down the stretch it was West Vigo who made nearly all the key plays and committed just two turnovers in the last period to the Knights' five.
Wells tallied a game-high 20 points and hauled down seven rebounds while Heath Chamberlain had seven points and nine boards for the Knights (2-2 overall, 1-1 WIC).
Northview travels to Danville tonight for a 6:30 p.m. junior varsity tipoff.
Thacker 0-5 0-0 0, Hughes 3-7 0-4 7, Wells 8-13 4-7 20, Miller 1-3 3-7 5, H.Chamberlain 2-5 3-3 7, Meunier 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 1-2 0-0 2, Reece 0-1 0-0 0, Medearis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-36 10-21 41.
West Vigo (43)
Peacock 4-8 0-0 10, Aff 3-6 0-0 6, Watson 1-5 3-4 5, Chestnut 4-7 2-5 10, Chapman 2-3 2-2 7, Evinger 0-4 2-2 2, Adams 1-6 0-0 3. Totals: 15-39 9-11 43.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 1-4 (Hughes 1-1, Thacker 0-3), West Vigo 4-7 (Peacock 2-2, Adams 1-3, Chapman 1-2). Total Rebounds -- Northview 24 (H.Chamberlain 9, Wells 7), West Vigo 22 (Adams 4). Total Fouls -- Northview 15, West Vigo 17. Fouled out -- West Vigo (Chapman), Northview (None). Turnovers -- Northview 14, West Vigo 14.