Northview center Nick Wells (right) scores two of his eight points in a win over Bloomfield in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic
The Northview Knights continued their march through the field at the 2005 Wabash Valley Classic tournament Wednesday, dispatching Bloomfield in a hotly contested second-round match-up.
The Knights trailed for most of the game, struggling to create shots against a stifling Cardinals defense. Northview only scored once in the first quarter and headed into half-time in single digits, trailing Bloomfield 15-9. But the Knights didn't give up any easy points either; Northview's defense kept Bloomfield within striking distance, and a fourth-quarter rally gave the Knight's a hard-earned tournament victory.
Northview Coach Mitch Lancaster said he was impressed with his team's resilience.
"Everything went right for (Bloomfield) that possibly could," he said. "The kids handled that adversity. They hit free throws, and they did it in the fourth quarter."
The Knights drained seven of eight free throws in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals went cold in the fourth, shooting just 2-of-10 from the field, and Northview's near-flawless performance at the foul line sealed the win.
Both teams struggled to establish an offense in the early going. The score had been tied at 2-2 for most of the first quarter when Bloomfield guard Ben Helms hit a three-pointer for a 5-2 Cardinals lead.
As Northview continued to flounder at the offensive end in the second, Bloomfield began to pick up steam. Contributions from Bryce Holtsclaw and Derrick Held and another Helms three-pointer gave the Cardinals a 12-2 advantage with 4:20 to play in the first half.
But the Knights responded after half-time, narrowing the Bloomfield lead to 15-13 on a short jumper by sophomore guard Jared Timm a minute into the third quarter. Northview continued to apply pressure to the Cardinals, and a Matt Stuckey three-pointer at 7:30 in the fourth gave the Knights a 21-20 lead, their first since the opening seconds.
Northview finished strong, securing the win at the free-throw line while limiting Bloomfield's offense to eight fourth quarter points. Timm led the charge for the Knights, scoring 13 points including 11 in the second half. Senior center Nick Wells added eight points and twelve rebounds.
The Knights (3-4 overall) will take on Owen Valley this evening at 7 p.m.
At Terre Haute North
Meunier 1-3 2-2 5, Timm 4-8 5-6 13, Stuckey 1-8 0-0 3, Brock 0-3 1-4 1,Wells 4-7 0-0 8, Sanabria 0-1 2-2 2, Medearis 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 11-35 10-14 34
Helms 3-12 1-2 9, Holtsclaw 2-6 2-2 7, Held 3-4 0-2 7, Crane 1-5 1-3 3, Dallmier 0-3 0-2 0, James 0-0 1-2 1, Dulin 0-1 1-3 1. Totals: 9-31 6-16 28
3-point field goals-- NV 2-10 (Meunier 1-3, Stuckey 1-4), Bloomfield 4-11 (Helms 2-4, Holtsclaw 1-4, Held 1-2).
Total rebounds-- NV 33 (Wells 12, Brock 5, Medearis 5, Timm 4), Bloomfield 15 (Helms 5, Dallmier 4).