Nick Wells hit three-of-five free throws as part of his 17- point night in Saturday's loss to Martinsville.
MARTINSVILLE -- Size advantage does not guarantee rebounds, or even an inside game.
If size counted, the Northview Knights would have come out of Saturday night's boys high school basketball season opening game at Martinsville High School a winner.
But, Martinsville's Artesians outrebounded Northview 45-26 en route to a 76-52 victory at John R. Wooden Gymnasium at Martinsville High School.
With a starting frontcourt of 6-8 Nick Wells, 6-5 Brodee Miller and 6-5 Josiah Brock, Northview had the height advantage. But the Artesians were quicker, stronger and more determined than the Knights.
"[The] quickness factor, and the way we talked about [it] in the preseason, and it's been a concern of ours, is the aggressive way in which we
go after the ball. You could see there was two different speeds out there, two different effort levels on loose balls, balls in the air and [rebounds]. And really that was the total difference in the game, quickness and their attitude," fourth-year Northview coach Mitch Lancaster
Northview, shooting 38 percent (20-52) from the floor, was led by Wells with 17 points and eight rebounds, followed by Miller with 13 points and five rebounds.
Martinsville, shooting 53 percent (31-58) from the floor, was led by senior David Thacker with 21 points and 6-6 center Ryan Sichting with 16 rebounds and nine points.
Playing without junior point guard Brinn Meunier who has an ankle injury and the flu, the Knights couldn't get into their offense against the Artesians' man-to-man defense. Martinsville played Northview tight on the perimeter, daring the Knights to drive to the basket.
"We could make excuses, and Brinn played a lot and played a big role of us last year. [But Martinsville] just decided sic us and see if we could beat them off the dribble, and for the most part we couldn't. Besides Brodee Miller, I don't think we had anybody beat a kid off the dribble all night," Lancaster said.
Martinsville led 16-10 after one quarter. The Artesians outscored the Knights 27-15 in the second period, opening with an 12-2 run and pushed their lead to 43-25 at halftime.
The Artesians' lead reached 21 points, 50-29, in the third period before the Knights caught fire. Northview's Michael Medearis, Miller, Wells, Jared Timm and Matt Stuckey combined to outscore Martinsville 13-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter. Wells put back a rebound at the buzzer to cut the Artesians' lead to 56-44 going into the fourth quarter.
But the rally obviously took everything the Knights had left, for they were outscored 20-8 in the final eight minutes of the game. Northview didn't score in the final 4:47 of the contest.
As the Knights prepare for Friday's trip to Terre Haute North, coach Lancaster knows they have more than x's and o's to fix.
"What concerns me more than anything was loose balls, rebounds, how much harder [the Artesians] went after it than we did. Some of that is strength and quickness, of course, but some of it is just good old fashioned effort," Lancaster said.
"We got outplayed and outclassed today. They played so much harder than we did, and maybe we can't play any harder than that, but I would be disappointed if we can't."
Miller 3-11 7-8 13, Brock 1-6 0-0 2, Wells 7-9 3-5 17, Timm 4-12 0-0 9, Stuckey 2-6 0-1 5, Medearis 2-5 0-0 4, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Sanabria 1-2 0-0 2, Chamberlain 0-1 0-0 0, Reberger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 FG, 10-14 FT, 52 TP.
Adams 1-3 1-1 3, Davis 3-6 0-0 7, Sichting 3-12 2-3 9, Thiebe 6-10 0-2 13, Thacker 8-15 3-5 21, Fox 2-3 1-1 5, Fabert 4-4 0-2 8, Dishroom 4-4 2-2 10, McGathey 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Hachem 0-0 0-0 0, Terrell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-58 FG, 9-16 FT, 76 TP
3 Pt. Goals: Northview 2-12 (Timm 1-3, Stuckey 1-5, Brock 0-2, Meadearis 0-1, Sanabria 0-1), Martinsville 5-11 (Thacker 2-4, Thiebe 1-1, Sichting 1-1, Davis 1-1, Adams 0-2, Fox 0-1, McGathey 0-1).
FG Pct. -- Nv .385, Mv .534. 3-pt FG Pct. -- Nv .167, Mv .454. FT Pct. -- Nv .714, Mv .562. Total fouls: Northview 20, Martinsville 17. Fouled out: Brock. Technical fouls: None. Rebounds: Northview 26 (Wells 8, Miller 5), Martinsville 45(Sichting 16).Turnovers: Northview 9, Martinsville 10. JV game: Martinsville won 51-38
Next game -- On Friday, Northview (0-1) plays Terre Haute North.