Jared Timm drives the ball during Friday's game against Edgewood. Timm tallied nine points in the Knights' game against Avon on Saturday.
So what's the difference between losing a high school basketball game 62-48 at Edgewood on Friday night and falling 72-56 to the visiting Avon Orioles on Saturday night?
Two points? A 14-point margin compared to a 16-point deficit?
Northview High School coach Mitch Lancaster saw something other than the scoreboard, something he believes will carry the Knights into the Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic, and, maybe, beyond.
"I expect to get a bounce from this game because from the first quarter to what that game became, I thought we became a basketball team. When we ran [our offense], we ran it, for the most part. We didn't always do it perfect. We got into our offense much better than we have all year," Lancaster said.
The Avon Orioles [4-0] ran away to a 25-7 lead in the opening quarter on Saturday night and Northview responded by outscoring the visitors 21-7 in the second period, closing the halftime gap to 32-28.
"For instance [Friday night] against Edgewood we had nine turnovers in the second quarter alone, eight of them were unforced. It's hard to get any continuity. [Tonight] I think we got some buckets [in the second quarter] our kids got some confidence and on defense they stayed between their man and the bucket, they didn't get beat on easy stuff. They rebounded hard and solid. They went down and got confidence and knocked down open shots. And really, thoughout the game, excluding the last three or four minutes, from the second quarter to the last three to four minutes, we knocked down open shots and we rebounded tough," Lancaster pointed out.
When 6-foot-7 Nick Wells wasn't on the bench in foul trouble, the Knights were in the game. Wells scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked blocked two shots.
"Nick wanted the ball. Nick wanted to dominate down low. He was posting hard, he was making good moves," Lancaster said.
When Wells picked up in second foul in the first quarter and fourth foul in the third, Avon, led by the athletically gifted Stephen Geller with 22 points and the perimeter marksmanship of Zac Hendren with 26, pulled away. The Orioles were up 25-7 at the first stop and 54-44 going into fourth quarter.
"And most times when he fouled a lot of them were transition where our other guys didn't get back and he's got to try to block [the shot]," Lancaster said.
Backcourt turnovers continue to haunt the Knights, especially on critical possessions. The Knights got within two points, 32-30, at 6:25 in the third quarter by stopping the Orioles on the opening possession of the second half, then worked the ball inside to Wells for a bucket. But the Knights turned the ball over on two of the next three possessions and Avon scored seven points.
"Honestly, to assess it against opponents that we were playing, because we played, in my opinion, a much better team than Edgewood was last night -- no disrespect to Edgewood but [Avon] was a much quicker, athletic team -- I can live with [19 turnovers] a little more against [Avon].
We actually made strides with 19 turnovers. We were better. We were more confident shooting the ball. We were more confident in our offense," Lancaster compared.
Avon led 54-44 going into the final quarter and Hendren hit a 3-pointer that upped the gap to 57-44. But buckets by Jared Timm, a jam by Wells and put back by Brinn Meunier and another Wells basket got the Knights back to within six points, 61-55, with five minutes left in the game.
Avon outscored Northview 11-1 over those five minutes. "We turned it over a lot late" Lancaster said.
Northview's next three or four games will be played in the Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic at Terre Haute North.
"I really look for this team to grow next week. We play four games in four days. I expect a lot of growth there," Lancaster predicted.
Kreuzke 0-0 2-2 2, Dill 5-11 5-7 15, Haston 1-4 4-8 6, Geller 7-10 8-13 22, Hendren 8-13 3-4 26, Miles 0-1 1-2 1, Beam 0-0 0-0 0, Sandusky 0-1 0-0 0, Speckman 0-3 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0 0, Eades 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 FG, 23-36 FT, 72 TP.
Stuckey 3-8 0-1 6, Medearis 2-4 0-0 4, Wells 11-19 2-6 24, Timm 3-6 3-3 9, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 1-2 1-2 3, Brock 4-8 0-0 8, Sanabria 0-0 0-0 0, Meunier 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 25-51 FG, 6-12 FT, 56 TP.
3 Pt. Goals: Avon 7-15 (Hendren 7-12, Geller 0-1, Speckman 0-2), Northview 0-7 (Stuckey 0-2, Medearis 0-1, Timm 0-1, Meunier 0-3). Total fouls: Avon 14, Northview 23. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Rebounds: Avon 21 (Geller 7), Northview 23 (Brock 10, Wells 8). Steals: Avon 13 (Geller 7), Northview 7 (Timm 3). Turnovers: Avon 13, Northview 19.
JV game: Avon 47, Northview 40 (Trey Horn 12).
Next game -- Northview (1-4, 0-1 in WIC) plays in the Wabash Valley Classic Dec. 27.