For the Brazil Times
MARTINSVILLE -- If the Northview Knights needed a confidence boost, confirmation that they can play with Class 4A teams in their sectional, they earned it Saturday night.
Rallying from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter, the Knights came from behind for an 83-79 overtime victory against the Martinsville Artesians in Martinsville's John R. Wooden Gymnasium.
"We've never won here. That was the one thing we put on the board. (Martinsville) has not won at our place and we haven't won here. It was nip and tuck, but we got the job done," Northview coach Mitch Lancaster said.
Northview (1-0) trailed 60-54 with just under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter of the season opener. Back-to-back-to-back baskets by Austin Akers, Tyler Coltharp and Caleb Whitman tied the score 60-60 with 5:25 to play. The two teams were tied 70-70 going into overtime.
Northview never trailed in the overtime, as Jered Timm and Akers netted the first five points. Akers hit two free throws to give the Knights an 80-74 lead with 1:08 to play.
The Artesians closed to within three, 82-79, with nine seconds left when the Knights were whistled for a foul on a 3-point shot attempt by Ryan Taylor.
The Martinsville senior hit all three free throws, but Northview's Nick Lancaster hit a free throw to ice the victory.
"I like the chemistry on this team. It's a team that wants to play hard and they want to play together. And it's a team I think that likes playing for their coach, likes playing for their school and likes putting it out on the line. We're not going to be perfect and we're a little bit small, but I think we've got some pieces of the puzzles that we can be a pretty good basketball team,"? Lancaster said.
Northview had four players score in double figures, led by Coltharp with a strong 20 points and 10 rebounds under the basket, followed by Akers with 18 points. Nick Lancaster and Caleb Whitman each netted 15.
"We were really pleased with our balance. It was a game where we had to score and we don't say that all the time but in Class 4A you're going to play teams that can put it in the hole and you got to be able to match that with some fire power,"? Lancaster said.
"I thought our kids, at least from the firepower standpoint were able to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance at the end."?
Whitman came off the bench for his 15 points, most of which came from his nine rebounds.
"Caleb gave us a big lift and his length gave them a lot of trouble. We ran some sets for him and were able to get back into the game with some of those,"? Lancaster said.
Northview shot 54 percent (31-57) from the floor, while holding Martinsville to 34 percent (18-52). The Knights' biggest advantage was rebounding, 38-28, led by Coltharp (10) and Whitman (9).
In junior varsity action, Martinsville won 41-39. Trent Lancaster led the Knights with 11 points and Jon Bradshaw had 10.
Northview returns to action on Friday at Terre Haute North, then will play its home opener on Saturday against WIC foe Brown County.
N. Lancaster 5-9 3-5 15, Timm 2-7 4-6 15, Coltharp 9-13 2-8 20, Reynolds 2-6 0-0 4, Akers 6-15 4-5 18, Whitman 7-9 0-1 15, Robertson 0-0 2-2 2, Kirby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-57 FG, 15-27 FT, 83 TP.
Nay 2-3 0-0 4, Taylor 4-9 3-5 13, N. Smith 4-7 2-2 13, D. Smith 5-10 5-6 16, Spina 9-15 2-2 21, Fox 3-6 2-4 10, McCraryi 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 18-52 FG, 14-20 FT, TP 79.
3-Pt. Field Goal: N 6-15 (N. Lancaster 2-4, Akers 2-6, Whitman 1-1, Timm 1-4), M 9-23 (N. Smith 3-6, Fox 2-3, Taylor 2-7, D. Smith 1-2, Spina 1-4, Nay 0-1). Total fouls: N 16, M 21. Fouled out: Taylor, D. Smith. Turnovers: N 13, M 11. Rebounds: N 36 (Coltharp 10, Whiteman 9), M 28 (N. Smith, D. Smith, Spina 5).
JV game: Martinsville 41, Northview 39 (Trent Lancasater 11, Jon Bradshaw 10).
Next game - Northview (1-0) plays at Terre Haute North on Nov. 30 and will host Brown County on Dec. 1.