SULLIVAN -- Anxious to end a three game losing streak to Northview, the Golden Arrows came out aggressive in their guard play and were able to hold off a furious Northview rally in the final three minutes to post a 59-56 victory.
The game certainly wasn't without its weird and wild moments over the closing moments as well.
With Northview trailing 51-41 after Sullivan ran off a 13-1 run over the first 3:16 of the fourth quarter, Heath Chamberlain scored for the Knights and on Sullivan's end, pulled down a rebound that Arrow senior Bryce Huff drew a technical on after being called for a foul.
In what was already a physical game, Huff's technical sent Northview's Brinn Meunier to the line after Chamberlain sank one-of-two free throws for the foul. Meunier was able to sink just one of the shots and on Northview's ensuing possession, the Knights missed their shot, squandering a golden opportunity to narrow the Sullivan lead.
Trailing 51-45, the Knights fouled Derrick DeMoss who was sent to the line for an apparent one-and-one situation.
Evidently the message didn't get through to anyone else but Kale Ficklin.
DeMoss missed the first shot and the rebound caromed to the floor as each player seemed to think that their was a two shot foul. Ficklin alertly however, grabbed the rebound and laid the ball in to the astonishment of Northview players and coaches alike. The basket gave Sullivan a 53-47 lead with two minutes remaining.
Chamberlain would answer at the other end with a hoop and the foul to narrow the gap to 53-50. After DeMoss and Shawn Hughes traded free throws, Hughes forced a Sullivan turnover on the baseline and Nick Wells was fouled going to the basket with less than a minute remaining.
Wells made just one-of-two free throws, but at the other end, Justin Ridge missed a wide open layin and Jacob Reece nabbed a huge rebound and drew the foul to go to the line, stopping the clock again.
Reece nailed two big shots to get the Knights within a point at 55-54 with just 32 ticks remaining, but at the other end Ficklin hit two free throws. Chamberlain would answer with a big putback of his own miss to get within 57-56 and the Knights again fouled Ficklin, this time with just 13 seconds left. He would hit both, going seven-of-eight from the line in the final period for Sullivan.
After a timeout with just nine seconds remaining in the game, Northview inbounded the ball and with time running out, Meunier's 3-pointer found iron instead of nylon as the Knights fell just short in their rally.
"It was a very physical game tonight," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "Tip your cap to Sullivan, their guards did a good job of getting into our guy's heads. Most of it comes back to ball handling tonight. We had a lot of trouble with their guards, they were really aggressive."
In the third quarter, the Knights and Sullivan traded the lead five times as Aaron Hoffner nailed a pair of big 3-pointers for Sullivan and Northview got one from Wade Thacker and five of Chamberlain's 19 points. But the decisive run in the fourth quarter was spurred by a 3-pointer from Ficklin, who had a game-high 22 and a pair of baskets from Hoffner to go with a 3-pointer by Justin Ridge that helped give Sullivan a 51-41 lead before the Knights comeback that fell short.
Northview got 10 points from Hughes and seven from Wells along with six from Matt Stuckey.
The Knights drop back to .500 at 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the WIC with all three losses by three points or fewer. Northview faces Mooresville at home on Friday night. Sullivan improves to 11-6 and 2-0 in the WIC.
Meunier 1-7 3-4 5, Thacker 1-4 0-0 3, Hughes 4-7 2-4 10, Wells 3-6 1-5 7, H.Chamberlain 6-8 7-8 19, Stuckey 2-7 0-0 6, Reece 0-0 2-2 2, Brock 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 2-3 0-1 4, Medearis 0-0 0-0 0, Sanabria 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-44 15-24 56.
Ficklin 5-6 10-14 22, DeMoss 1-2 2-3 4, Huff 2-4 0-0 4, Hoffner 4-7 0-0 10, Ridge 4-13 2-2 13, Landes 1-2 0-0 3, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Falconberry 1-1 1-1 3. Totals: 18-38 15-20 59.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 3-15 (Stuckey 2-7, Thacker 1-4, Meunier 0-3, Hughes 0-1), Sullivan 8-23 (Ficklin 2-3, Ridge 3-8, Hoffner 2-4, Landes 1-2, Smith 0-3, DeMoss 0-1, Huff 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Northview 24 (H.Chamberlain 7), Sullivan 20 (DeMoss 6). Total Fouls -- Northview 21, Sullivan 22. Fouled out -- Sullivan (Hoffner). Turnovers -- Northview 12, Sullivan 14.