For the Brazil Times
The Northview Knights executed on both ends of the court Tuesday night in a 61-54 victory over the visiting Danville Warriors.
Led by the scoring of Austin Akers, Jered Timm and Nick Lancaster and the defense of Tyler Coltharp, the Knights raised their record to 13-7 by beating the now 15-5 Warriors. Northview closes the regular season on Thursday with a home game, postponed earlier by foul weather, against the Avon Orioles.
"It was just a nice team effort. Defensively and offensively I thought we really played well. It's a good time of year to play well and I thought we really executed tonight on both ends of the floor,"
Northview coach Mitch Lancaster said.
Akers led the Knights with 16 points followed by Timm with 14 and Lancaster 12.
"I thought all the kids played well and hard. I think Tyler Coltharp on the 6-8 kid [was key],"? Lancaster said.
Danville's 6-foot-8 center Travis Carroll entered the contest averaging 21.2 points and 13.4 rebounds a game. Northview limited Carroll to 11 shots from the floor and 12 points and 11 rebounds. Coltharp, at 6-3 giving up five inches in height, was the key for Northview.
"We were wanting to double (team Carroll) and sometimes we did triple(him). But our main goal was to get him off the blocks. I thought Tyler did a good job of using his strength to make (Carroll) post up three, four or five feet above where he likes to. If (Carroll) gets the ball
on that low block he's hard to stop,"? Lancaster said.
"Tyler didn't allow him to start where he wanted to, and then the double-down was enough to get him off balance enough."?
That double and triple team opened perimeter shots for Tyler Weaver, who led Danville with 25 points on 7-12 shooting from three-point range.
Weaver kept the Warriors in the contest through the first half.
After five lead changes, the Knights took a 14-12 edge into the second period when Akers hit a 3-pointer from mid-court at the buzzer.
Akers drove the lane for a layup that gave Northview a 25-21 lead with just under four minutes to play in the second quarter. But Danville led 26-25 at halftime.
Northview opened the second half with a 20-5 run that led to a 14-point lead.
Timm opened the third quarter scoring with two, then Lancaster hit three straight threes to give the Knights a 36-29 cushion. Caleb Whitman, who scored Northview's first points on the night with a driving two-hand slam, added two points to the run. Timm followed with a basket and Coltharp put back a rebound. Clint Reynolds capped the run with a trey that put Northview up 45-31 with 3:10 to play in the quarter.
But Danville wasn't out of fight yet. Northview led 51-41 going into the final period, but Danville scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to close within three, 48-45.
Northview answered with seven straight points. Timm put back a rebound and scored a lay up for the first four points. Then Akers hit two free throws and Timm one, putting the Knights up 58-48 with 3:44 to play.
The Knights were only 11-22 at the free throw line for the game, but hit enough to hold off the Warriors.
"I thought our kids really weathered that well. They really executed and got to the foul line and Austin and Jered and the rest of the guys made plays down the stretch,"? Lancaster said.
"I thought we executed well offensively tonight and we kept the ball in the hands of people who could really do stuff with it and create for us."
Northview's junior varsity improved to 10-6 with a 48-38 victory over Danville.
Derek Duncan led the Knights with 16 points, followed by Trent Lancaster and Justin White with 12 each.
Danville was led by Kyle Mackey with 20.
Weaver 9-15 0-0 25, Cooper 1-4 0-0 2, Carroll 5-11
2-3 12, Humphrey 2-6 0-0 4, Mabitt 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 1-1 0-0 2, Phipps 1-3 0-0 2, Rigdon 2-5 0-0 5, Doub 0-0 0-0 0, Mackey 0-0 0-0 0, Chalfant 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-46 FG, 2-3 FT, 54 TP.
Kirby 0-0 0-0 0, Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Coltharp 4-7
1-3 9, Timm 6-11 2-7 14, Whitman 2-4 0-0 4, Lancater 4-9 3-7 12, Akers 4-9 7-10 16, Reynolds 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 22-35 FG, 11-22 FT, 61 TP.
3-Pt. Goals: D 8-18 (Weaver 7-12, Rigdon 1-2, Phipps 0-2, Humphrey 0-2), N 6-17 (Lancaster 3-7, Reynolds 2-4, Akers 1-5, Timm 0-1). Total fouls: D 18, N 8. Fouled out: Weaver, Rigdon. Turnovers: D 13, N 9. Rebounds: D 26 (Carroll 11), N 29 (Coltharp 7). Steals: D 3 (Weaver 2), N 8 (Akers 4).
JV game: Northview 48 (Duncan 16), Danville 38 (Mackey 20).
Next game: Northview (13-7) will host Avon on Thursday in the regular-season finale. Danvile (15-5) plays at North Putnam on Saturday.