Knights grit out wild, four overtime affair

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Shawn Hughes (#35) had 18 points in Wednesday's win.

SPENCER -- After the originally scheduled date for Northview's contest with Owen Valley was postponed due to heavy rains last week, fans who attended the makeup game certainly got their money's worth.

The Northview boys survived a wild, four overtime affair to knockoff previously 9-2 Owen Valley in the climax of a boy/girl doubleheader.

"I'm really proud of the kids tonight," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "I know they were tired but they didn't quit. Give Owen Valley credit too, they played a whale of a game."

The Patriots were able to erase a 10 point deficit heading into the fourth quarter as Kyle Mortimer hit a 3-pointer followed by baskets from Jared Maner and Harry Marshall. Maners followed with a pair of free throws as Northview turned the ball over seven times in the quarter.

Brinn Meunier scored on a drive before Ben Nanny hit two more free throws to get the Patriots within 49-48. After Northview's Heath Chamberlain scored just his second basket of regulation, Nanny nailed a 3-pointer that tied the score at 51-apiece with 3:40 remaining.

Nick Wells sent home a dunk for the Knights before two free throws by Shawn Hughes gave the Knights a four point advantage with three minutes left. But the Patriots tied the contest with a basket by Nick Taylor and two free throws by Marshall to send the game to the first OT.

Neither team would score in the first overtime as Northview ran the clock down for a last shot and the Patriots couldn't find the basket either.

Beginning the second overtime, Northview lost the services of 6'7 forward Nick Wells who had scored 20 points in regulation. A migraine headache would send him to the locker room leaving the Knights with starter Heath Chamberlain and sophomore reserve Brodee Miller in the post.

Chamberlain would come through for the Knights, scoring 19 the Knights 28 points in the final three overtimes.

"We really tried to get on (Chamberlain's) shoulders," commented Lancaster. "They stayed in zone and allowed us to get the ball to him inside."

Both teams had chances to put the game away as Northview held a four point lead in OT #2 after two free throws and a basket from Chamberlain along with a hoop from Hughes for a 63-59 lead. But the Patriots got two free throws from Marshall and after a turnover, a 3-pointer from the 6'0 junior with 19 seconds left to head to a third OT.

In the third overtime, the Patriots led by four points early before Chamberlain rallied with all nine of the Knights' points. The final two tied the score with 30 seconds left to send the contest to the decisive fourth extra session.

Meunier opened the scoring with a drive to the hoop and Chamberlain followed with a basket and a Miller free throw to put Northview ahead 78-73. The Patriots responded on a rebound basket from Taylor and a hoop from Marshall to get within 78-77.

Chamberlain and Maners traded baskets before Meunier hit one of two free throws with 42 seconds left for a 79-77 lead.

Marshall would be the Patriots option on a drive to the basket with 28 seconds left. He would draw the foul and hit the first free throw. After missing the second, Miller pulled down the rebound for Northview but came down on the endline to give the ball back to the Patriots for another chance.

With time running out, Marshall again drove the lane, but missed the shot and Chamberlain hauled down the rebound with just 1.9 seconds left and draw the foul. His final free throws finished off the game as a halfcourt shot by the Patriots wouldn't fall.

"Everybody really toughed it out tonight for us," said Lancaster. "When you go four OT's you've got to have a lot of fortitude."

For the Knights, Hughes had 18 points, Meunier 12 and Chamberlain pulled down 12 boards.

Northview (7-7 overall, 2-2 WIC) will travel to South Vermillion on Saturday in a boy/girl doubleheader.

Northview (83)

Meunier 5-11 1-2 12, Thacker 1-3 0-0 3, Hughes 4-11 10-13 18, Wells 10-14 0-3 20, H.Chamberlain 9-15 5-5 23, Stuckey 1-2 0-0 3, Medearis 1-1 0-0 3, Miller 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 31-57 17-25 83.

Owen Valley (80)

Zeunik 3-10 2-2 9, Maners 11-19 2-2 27, Taylor 2-5 4-4 10, Marshall 6-17 9-12 22, Lester 1-6 0-0 2, Cochran 0-2 2-2 2, Mortimer 1-2 0-0 3, Nanny 1-4 2-2 5, Winders 0-0 0-0 0, Madison 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-66 21-24 80.

Northview 1413101809910-- 83
Owen Valley141310180997-- 80

3-point fieldgoals -- OV 7-24 (Manders 3-7, Zeunik 1-6, Marshall 1-5, Mortimer 1-1, Nanny 1-3, Cochran 0-2). Northview 4-10 (Meunier 1-3, Thacker 1-3, Stuckey 1-2, Medearis 1-1, Hughes 0-1). Total Rebounds -- OV 31 (Maners 7), Northview 34 (H.Chamberlain 12, Wells 6, Hughes 6). Total Fouls -- OV 16, Northview 16. Fouled out -- OV (Zeunik). Turnovers -- OV 9, Northview 16.

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