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Knights fall to fourth in Pizza Hut Classic

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

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Left: Zach Sanabria (#21) has the ball knocked out of his hands on a layup attempt in Friday's loss to Terre Haute South.

Right: Northview's Matt Stuckey scored 20 points in Friday's game against Terre Haute South.

TERRE HAUTE -- Northview battled back from a late five point deficit to force overtime against rival Terre Haute South, but in the extra session, the Braves hit all four of their shots from the field to earn third place in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic, 72-68.

For the second night in a row, the Knights endured a career night from an opposing player.

On Thursday night, Owen Valley got 26 points from senior Harry Marshall to beat the Knights 47-42. On Friday, it was Jay Smith's turn to light up the board, going for 30 points, including six 3-pointers in the victory.

"We tried to deny (Smith) the ball," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "Never in my career have we chased a player and had them score 30."

Despite Smith's big night, Northview had a seven point lead twice in the game, but each time the Knights threatened to put the game away, the Braves got a big surge from their squad.

Northview got off to a strong start in the first half as Jared Timm capped a solid tournament with 15 of his 17 points before the halftime break. But the Braves countered with 17 from Smith to stay within just one point at halftime.

The Braves drew first blood to open the third quarter as Smith drilled a 3-pointer, but Matt Stuckey began to heat up for the Knights.

He hit a short jumper followed by one of his four 3-pointers and then got a dish from Brinn Meunier for a quick seven point run to put the Knights ahead 37-32. Following a basket from senior Alex Royce, the Knights got a basket from Timm and then Nick Wells scored off a lob to get out to their largest lead at 41-34. However, from there, the Braves took control with a jumper from Kyle Harruff followed by 3-pointers from Will Uzzell and Smith to put the Braves ahead 42-41.

Stuckey coolly responded with a 3-pointer of his own the next trip down the floor, but the Braves' Cole Vicars responded in kind with a 3-pointer to give the Braves a 45-44 advantage. The Knights' Josiah Brock would give Northview the lead heading into the final quarter when he sank a pair of free throws to finish the third period.

In the fourth quarter, the Braves would put together a key stretch with 3-pointers from Smith and Royce and a drive from Vicars to lead 56-51 with 3:14 remaining.

With momentum firmly in the Braves court, Northview responded with a jumper from Stuckey and got a rebound after a missed shot by Timm that Meunier found and dropped home a jumper. After a miss from Vicars on an out of control drive to the basket, Stuckey hit his biggest shot of the game with a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 58-58 with 1:50 left.

"I thought we showed a lot of heart in getting to overtime," commented Lancaster after the game.

South would get two free throws from Smith with 1:06 left in regulation but Brock was fouled on the baseline with 35 seconds left and hit both. The Braves missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the game went to an extra session.

After the opening tip, the Braves got perhaps their biggest shot of the game from Royce who opened the scoring with a 3-pointer to start the four minute overtime.

Wells would sandwich three free throws around a Vicars leaner as Northview stayed within 65-63. But Smith would come back with a 3-pointer that gave the Braves a five point advantage at 68-63 and despite another Stuckey jumper, the Braves got a breakaway basket from Smith that put the cap on the game. Michael Medearis hit a 3-pointer late, but Royce finished off the game with a pair of free throws for the Braves with one second remaining.

"As a coaching staff we thought we could beat South," said Lancaster. "It's disappointing as a staff, going 2-2 (in the tournament). We have a lot of work to do and we're going to work to get better."

Stuckey led the Knights in scoring with a 20 point evening with Timm providing 17 and Wells contributing nine points and 11 rebounds to go with five blocks.

Northview (3-6 overall) will be off until they face Owen Valley in a boy/girl doubleheader on Jan. 6 at home beginning at 6:30 p.m.


In the championship game of the tournament, Owen Valley rebounded from a 15 point deficit early in the game to take a brief fourth quarter lead, but Terre Haute North came back for a 52-46 victory.

Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic

At Terre Haute North

3rd-place game

Northview (68)

Meunier 3-7 0-0 8, Timm 7-13 0-1 17, Stuckey 7-14 1-1 20, Brock 2-3 3-3 7, Wells 3-7 3-4 9, Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Medearis 2-7 0-0 5, Sanabria 0-1 0-0 0, Chamberlain 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-50 7-9 68.

T.H. South (72)

Vicars 5-12 2-2 14, J.Smith 11-17 2-2 30, Uzzell 3-11 0-0 8, Royce 4-6 4-5 14, Harruff 3-7 0-4 6, Odum 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 0-0 0-0 0, Ighily 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-55 8-13 72.

Northview151516148-- 68
T.H. South1514161512-- 72

3-point fieldgoals -- NV 10-24 (Stuckey 4-10, Timm 3-6, Medearis 1-4, Meunier 2-4), THS 12-17 (J.Smith 6-8, Vicars 2-3, Uzzell 2-3, Royce 2-2, Odum 0-1). Total Rebounds -- NV 27 (Wells 11, Brock 5), THS 29 (Harruff 8, J.Smith 6). Total Fouls -- NV 16, THS 10. Fouled out -- NV (Meunier). Turnovers -- NV 7, THS 5.



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