Left: ZachSanabria looks for an opening to the basket.
Right: Northview's Keaton Robertson (#32) goes up for a rebound in the WIC JV Tourney on Tuesday. Robertson had eight points and four rebounds.
SPENCER -- It would certainly be overstating the obvious to say that Northview's JV basketball team would prefer to forget their opener in the boys tourney on Tuesday evening.
The Knights shot just 24 percent (12-of-50) from the field, hit only two-of-19 from beyond the arc and scored just 30 points in the game. But the interesting thing is that they nearly won the game against the Golden Arrows.
In fact, the Knights actually held the lead with just over two minutes left in the game, but Northview missed some golden opportunities down the stretch and Sullivan got hoops in key spots in taking a 32-30 victory.
Northview played from behind nearly the entire game, falling behind 17-13 at halftime, but the Knights opened the second half with a 3-pointer from Trey Horn to get within one point. However, Joe Smith answered with a 3-pointer for the Arrows to increase the lead to 20-16. From there, the teams traded baskets before Austin Akers scored on a jumper and the Knights tied the game on a layin from Horn to even the score at 22-apiece.
The momentum swung in the Knights' direction as Horn knocked down his second 3-pointer to take a 25-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
Opening the fourth period, Nick Lancaster opened the gap to 27-24 when he laid the ball in off a turnover. Sullivan responded with a pair of baskets to regain the lead by a point at 28-27, but Caleb Whitman scored on a drive for the Knights to trade the lead back to the Knights.
Northview had a chance to extend the lead but missed a layup and Sullivan came back with a decisive jumper from Caleb Abrams and a jumper from Smith to take a 32-28 advantage with 1:46 left in the game.
The Arrows had a shot to extend the lead to six, but Whitman made a nice interception of a pass in the halfcourt and on his behind-the-back pass to Keaton Robertson, drew the foul. Robertson hit one-of-two charity shots and on the missed second opportunity, the ball caromed off a Sullivan player to give the Knights a bonus possession.
Trailing 32-30, the Knights couldn't capitalize on the chance, but neither could the Arrows at the other end.
Northview pulled down a missed Sullivan shot and on the break, Whitman drew contact underneath the basket, going hard to the floor, but no foul was called and Sullivan went to the line for a chance to clinch the game by hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 6.1 seconds left.
Fortunately for the Knights, Smith missed the front end and Nortview's Zach Sanabria raced down the floor and got off an offbalance floater from 10 feet that bounced off the rim and out.
With the loss, Northview will fall to the loser's bracket to face the loser of the West Vigo and Owen Valley game at 6:30 p.m. this evening.
WIC Junior Varsity Boys Tourney
At Owen Valley
Lancaster 2-8 0-1 4, Horn 3-14 0-0 8, Whitman 1-6 0-0 2, Coltharp 2-6 0-0 4, Sanabria 0-6 2-2 2, Akers 1-4 0-0 2, Robertson 3-5 2-3 8, Reberger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 12-50 4-6 30.
Arnett 2-4 1-2 5, Drake 2-6 0-0 4, Wright 0-3 0-2 0, Hiatt 3-9 0-0 6, Smith 6-13 0-1 13, Willis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 15-39 1-5 32.
3-point fieldgoals -- NV 2-19 (Horn 2-9, Whitman 0-3, Lancaster 0-2, Sanabria 0-2, Akers 0-3), SL 1-8 (Smith 1-4, Drake 0-3, Arnett 0-1). Total Rebounds -- NV 33 (Whitman 7, Coltharp 5), SL 30 (Hiatt 8). Total Fouls -- NV 12, SL 13. Turnovers -- NV 8, SL 13.