Times Sports Editor
Building on the momentum of a three-game winning streak to end the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic, the Northview boys' built a 13-point fourth quarter lead and then held off a furious late rally by Owen Valley for a 62-60 conference win on Friday.
The Knights used the hot shooting of Clint Reynolds in the middle two quarters to gain the advantage over the Patriots.
Reynolds hit all four of his 3-pointers over the course of the second and third quarters to take a 44-37 lead.
"Clint's a good shooter," said coach Mitch Lancaster. "We're trying to get some more sets to get him shots."
Reynolds scored a career-high 14 points in the game and the Knights needed every one of those points down the stretch.
Austin Akers nailed a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter and then added three free throws before Jered Timm added a score to push the lead to 55-42 with 5:29 left in the game.
But Owen Valley sophomore Cody Vest, who had 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field, took his team on his back to get the Patriots back in the game.
Vest scored off a rebound and then followed with an old fashioned three-point play with 3:39 left to narrow the lead to 55-47.
Northview spread the floor to run some time off the clock, but Owen Valley's dogged defense forced a turnover that resulted in a 3-pointer from Tyler Collier.
Following two more free throws from Akers, who hit 12-of-16 from the charity stripe, Vest answered with another 3-pointer to narrow the lead to 57-53.
With 1:05 left, Timm missed a pair of free throws and Vest fired back with a long 3-pointer and was fouled on the shot. With a chance to get his team within one point, Vest missed the free throw and Caleb Whitman yanked down the rebound.
Timm followed with two free throws, part of a nine-point night, but Dayton Gobert grabbed a rebound and got the put back to keep the deficit at two points for the Patriots, 60-58.
With 27 seconds left, Akers hit one-of-two free throws, but Collier missed another 3-pointer and the Knights were able to hold on with a last free throw from Akers.
After the game, Lancaster admitted that the Knights had trouble with Owen Valley's size that featured the 6'6 Vest at guard as well as 6'5 Gobert at center and leading scorer Mitch Stahl at 6'4.
"We had trouble with their length," commented Lancaster. "I was pleased with every phase of our game from the second quarter until four minutes left."
"We need to get better at closing out games," said Lancaster.
In the first half, Northview went to Tyler Coltharp for seven points in the first quarter before the senior picked up his second foul and went to the bench. From there, it was Reynolds who hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter and Akers hit all four of his free throws in the quarter to put the Knights up 30-26 at the break.
"Austin came up big and played well," said Lancaster. "We need to focus on getting better defensively. I think Austin is trying to pick it up pressure-wise. We need the ball in his hands."
Akers led the team with 23 points with Coltharp adding 12 for the Knights while Whitman had a team-high seven rebounds as Northview improved to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the WIC.
"This is a big win in a tough game," mentioned Lancaster.
The Knights are off until next Friday when they travel to Terre Haute South for the first of three straight road games.
The Northview junior varsity team traveled to Spencer Thursday night where they came away with a 41-23 victory over Owen Valley.
Trent Lancaster had a team-high 14 points while Jonathan Bradshaw added 10 and Justin White added eight with Jacob Musgrave chipping in with five.
Owen Valley (60)
Gilstrap 0-2 0-0 0, Lientz 4-10 1-2 10, Vest 10-11 3-6 25, Stahl 3-10 2-2 11, Gobert 2-5 3-4 7, Collier 2-5 0-0 6, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Warner 0-0 0-0 0, Campbell 0-3 1-2 1. Totals: 21-46 10-16 60.
N.Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0, Timm 3-8 3-7 9, Akers 4-10 12-16 23, Whitman 2-6 0-0 4, Coltharp 4-7 4-7 12, Kirby 0-1 0-0 0, Reynolds 4-6 2-2 14, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-37 21-32 62.
3-point fieldgoal -- OV 8-19 (Stahl 3-9, Vest 2-2, Lientz 1-3, Collier 2-5), Nv 7-13 (Reynolds 4-4, Akers 3-6, Timm 0-1, Whitman 0-2). Total Rebounds -- OV 36 (Gobert 10, Vest 9), Nv 30 (Whitman 7, Timm 6). Total Fouls -- OV 22, Nv 16. Fouled out -- Nv (Timm). Turnovers -- OV 11, Nv 6.