Times Sports Editor
The Vincennes basketball team may have come in to Brazil with a 4-13 record on Thursday night, but the Alices proved they are much better than that mark indicates.
The Alices scored 33 points in the final quarter to take a 71-62 victory over the Knights.
Vincennes trailed Northview by seven points early in the quarter and the Alices' rally all began with a single whistle by an official.
Third quarter 3-pointers from Clint Reynolds, Austin Akers and Nick Lancaster helped put Northview out front and a score by Zach Kirby gave the Knights a 43-38 lead heading into the fourth.
The lead grew to 45-38 before the Knights' chief post threat, Tyler Coltharp was whistled for his fourth foul and was given a technical foul for a less than obvious reason. The technical counted as his fifth foul and drew the ire of coach Mitch Lancaster.
What also began was the parade to the free throw line for the Alices who hit three-of-four free throws on the foul and technical that drew them to 45-43.
Sophomore Kyle Tucker then drilled back-to-back 3-pointers around a jumper from Nick Lancaster. However, Vincennes had taken a 51-47 lead after a driving lay-in by Bryce Small.
Over a two-minute span, Vincennes had put together a 13-2 run that put them in front.
"What a game," said Lancaster after the game. "I've never had a game turn like that on an official's call. He takes our best post player out of the game and we just got rattled. Credit Vincennes though, they took advantage of it."
Akers followed with two free throws and a jumper, but Northview wasn't able to get a defensive stop with Coltharp on the bench.
Vincennes went into the post to Indiana State football recruit, Jared Blue, a 6'3 center who had a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds.
Blue had seven of his points during the final five minutes of the fourth quarter and Small hit all eight of his free throws in the final period.
After Bryant Burch completed a three-point play, the Alices had pulled out to a 56-51 lead.
Nick Lancaster drove the hoop for the Knights and got to the line for two from the charity stripe, but Vincennes continued to go for the jugular.
Caleb Whitman scored for the Knights to narrow the gap to 56-53, and following a Vincennes' turnover, Northview had a shot to even the game. But a missed shot by Northview was followed by a score by Burch. Blue followed up with a hoop to push the lead to 62-55 with less than two minutes remaining.
"In the fourth quarter without our post in there, (Vincennes) shot lay-up drills," said Lancaster. "We panicked a little bit and didn't execute defensively the way we wanted to."
Vincennes was about as efficient as possible with their shots in the fourth quarter, hitting nine-of-11 from the field and 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
The combination proved lethal to any comeback hopes for the Knights.
Northview was forced to foul in the final minutes and a flagrant foul call on Jered Timm pushed Lancaster far enough to draw a technical foul of his own.
The Alices hit both free throws and added two more on the ensuing possession to finish the Knights.
The Knights were led by 17 points from Akers along with 12 each from Whitman and Timm and nine from Coltharp. Nick Lancaster added seven in the loss.
In the JV game, Northview scored a 48-31 victory and was led by 16 from Trent Lancaster and eight from Justin White. Jonathan Bradshaw added six and Jacob Musgrave did as well. Scotty Wheeler added five.
Northview also honored Northview senior girls' basketball players, Tara Crooks, Ashley Hargis, Charlie Greichgauer and Abby Birkey between games.
The Knights travel to Clay City tonight for a 6:30 p.m. start against the Eels.
Small 1-9 9-10 11, Schirmacher 3-3 0-0 9, Burch 5-9 5-6 16, Blue 8-10 3-6 19, Tucker 5-5 0-0 13, Heinz 0-0 0-0 0, Lane 1-2 1-3 3, Bloom 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-38 18-27 71.
N.Lancaster 2-4 2-2 7, Timm 6-17 0-0 12, Akers 4-12 6-6 17, Whitman 5-9 1-4 12, Coltharp 4-5 1-2 9, Kirby 1-1 0-0 2, Reynolds 1-5 0-0 3, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-53 10-13 62.
3-point fieldgoals -- Vn 7-12 (Schirmacher 3-3, Burch 1-3, Tucker 3-3, Small 0-3), Nv 6-23 (N.Lancaster 1-2, Akers 3-10, Reynolds 1-5, Whitman 1-3, Timm 0-3). Total Rebounds -- Vn 26 (Blue 9), Nv 21 (Timm 8). Total Fouls -- Vn 12, Nv 19. Fouled out -- Nv (Coltharp), Vn (Tucker). Turnovers -- Vn 15, Nv 7.