Right: Brodee Miller looks for an open teammate against Terre Haute North.
TERRE HAUTE -- The 2005-06 boys basketball season kicked off for Vigo County along with Northview High School with a flurry on Friday night.
Terre Haute South head coach Mike Saylor evidently liked the school's girls style of five-for-five substitutions so much that he decided to one up coach Alan Maroska by platooning three separate groups of five players. Substituting about every minute of play, Saylor's squad put together a frenetic opening period against a very game West Vigo squad. The Braves applied trapping pressure over the full court but the Vikings did an excellent job of breaking the pressure for much of the opening period. South however prevailed in the long run, putting up 33 points to the Vikings 25.
After everyone caught their collective breath, Northview took the court against a veteran Terre Haute North team that won the period 16-7 as the Knights tried to shake off some rust.
"We didn't hustle and play defense the way we are capable in the first half," commented Northview head coach Mitch Lancaster. "Against Terre Haute North we were a little sluggish in putting up our layups and finally after we had some blocked we started going through the defender."
Indeed, the Knights had several shots blocked in the early minutes of the quarter against the Patriots who employ a very physical frontcourt of 6'5 Jason Gilmore, 6'7 Steven Jeffers and 6'5 Nate Blank. Northview didn't go strong to the basket early on and the Patriots were quick to the ball for the block.
Missing starting point guard Brinn Meunier to an ankle injury that is still healing, the Knights sent sophomore Jared Timm into the mix in his place.
Timm got stronger as the game went on, playing solid defense in the second quarter against West Vigo and finishing with five points.
"We put Jared in a spot he's never been in before," noted Lancaster. "His defensive pressure against West Vigo was pretty good."
Northview played a much better second quarter as they adjusted to the rate of play, taking down the Vikings by a 21-5 score and forcing 11 turnovers in eight minutes.
Northview did a much better job of getting to the basket and finishing off their plays versus the Vikings as Josiah Brock had seven of his nine points and Matt Stuckey drilled a pair of long range shots as part of his eight point evening. Brodee Miller added four points in the two quarters for the Knights who got off 22 shots against the Vikings after shooting just nine versus the Patriots.
"Overall I was pretty pleased with the night," said Lancaster afterwards. "We played much better in the second quarter after we shook off some of the rust."
The Knights will begin the regular season next Saturday against Martinsville on the road beginning with the JV game at 6 p.m.