Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- How a basketball team composes itself in tight games is oftentimes a good gauge of its fortitude.
If that's the case, then the Northview Knights are certainly not lacking in grit.
For the second weekend in a row, the Knights battled a potential sectional opponent to the wire and picked up a dramatic road victory.
Last week the Martinsville Artesians were the victims and on Friday night, Northview took down Terre Haute North, 51-50.
"This is a tough win against a quality opponent," commented coach Mitch Lancaster. "This was a tough, defensive, physical struggle and we're lucky to come out with a one point win."
North boasted a comfortable size advantage in the post with 6'7 freshman Justin Gant and 6'6 sophomore Thomas Anderson getting the start.
The Patriots took advantage of it in the first half as the two combined for 15 points and six rebounds.
But the Knights countered with added pressure on North's guards to keep the Patriots from getting the ball to the post.
The third quarter saw Terre Haute North draw out to a 31-24 lead as Zach Harrison opened the half with a 3-pointer and Gant followed with back-to-back baskets around a free throw from Caleb Whitman.
The Patriots looked poised to take control of the game, seeking their sixth straight win over the Knights.
But, backs to the wall, Northview looked to its seniors.
Tyler Coltharp scored along the baseline and Jered Timm followed with a breakaway layin and drew the foul.
He completed the three-point play then followed with two more free throws to follow a score from North's Billy Sisson.
Trailing 33-31, the Knights' defense forced a five-second violation on the ensuing inbound play. Jered Timm followed with a baseline jumper, Coltharp scored on a putback and the Knights lead briefly 35-33.
Harrison would answer on the next trip down the floor with a 3-pointer, but after a Northview miss, Timm came back with a steal in the front-court. He raced to the hoop for the score and the three-point play to put Northview back up 38-36 to end the period.
Timm finished the period with 10 of his game-high 19 points to pace the Knights.
Northview would push the lead to 43-40 on a jumper from Austin Akers and a free throw, but North had one more run at the Knights.
Cory Hemmings caught the Knights' defense napping the next trip down the floor and drove the lane for a lay-in and then followed with two free throws to put the Patriots back on top as the clock wound down.
In crunch time, Coltharp halted the Patriots' rally with a reverse lay-in and after a score from the Patriots other tower, Anderson, Clint Reynolds hit perhaps the biggest shot of the night.
Northview players hit just one shot from long-range on Friday, but it came at just the right time as Reynolds drained a shot from the corner to put the Knights ahead 48-46.
Gant broke free to tie the score for the Patriots, but Akers came through with a free throw and a 49-48 lead with just 1:31 left.
Akers' slices through the trees into the lane weren't always successful on Friday, hitting a cumulative of 4-of-13 shots from the field, but his final shot was clutch.
Twisting and leaning around defenders, Akers scored on a drive into the paint for a 51-48 advantage for Northview.
"We hit some big shots and free throws in the fourth quarter," assessed Lancaster.
Anderson would get his team within 51-50 and the Patriots would eventually have the final shot with plenty of time left after a timeout with 43 seconds left.
Harrison would get the final shot, a contested jumper with three seconds left, but the ball slid in and back out of the basket and Northview rebounded the miss as time expired on the win.
Coltharp added 12 points and eight rebounds along with his presence in the physical battle in the paint and Akers added 12 for Northview.
In the JV game, North was able to pull away during a third quarter shooting drought by the Knights for a 45-28 victory.
Trent Lancaster led the way with 10 points and Jacob Musgrave added five for the Knights.
Northview (2-0 overall) will tipoff their WIC schedule tonight in a boy/girl doubleheader that starts with the JV girls at 2 p.m.
At T.H. North
N.Lancaster 0-3 0-0 0, Timm 6-11 7-8 19, Akers 4-13 4-6 12, Whitman 2-6 1-2 5, Coltharp 5-8 2-2 12, Reynolds 1-3 0-0 3, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-44 14-18 51.
T.H. North (50)
Hemmings 1-2 2-2 4, Garvin 0-1 0-0 0, Owens 0-0 2-3 2, Anderson 6-8 1-2 13, Gant 6-9 2-3 14, Jones 0-1 0-2 0, Harrison 5-8 0-0 13, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Sisson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 20-33 7-12 50.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-8 (Reynolds 1-2, Timm 0-2, Akers 0-3, Whitman 0-1), THN 3-7 (Harrison 3-5, Jones 0-1, Thompson 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 20 (Coltharp 8), THN 22 (Anderson 5). Total Fouls -- Nv 16, THN 16. Turnovers -- Nv 10, THN 15.