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Knights fall in tourney semifinal against Terre Haute North

Monday, December 29, 2008

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Clint Reynolds puts up a shot against Terre Haute North in Monday's semifinal game.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- Terre Haute North got out front early in the Wabash Valley Classic semifinal game against Northview on Monday night, holding the Knights to one-of-11 shooting in the first quarter and stayed out front for a 48-28 win.

The Patriots advance to the championship game this evening to face Marshall, Ill., a 46-42 winner over Terre Haute South.

Northview coach Ernie Maesch admitted that his team struggled with the early deficit.

"(The Patriots) were able to score and played with the lead," Maesch said. "They were able to take away the easy baskets."

North's sizable front line of Thomas Anderson (6'6) and the 6'8 Justin Gant were able to limit the success of the Knights' forays into the paint.

The Patriots, meanwhile, got six first-quarter points from Anderson to take an 8-2 lead after the opening eight minutes.

Those two points were the only ones Northview scored in the first nine-plus minutes of the game. While North wasn't quite able to pull away in the first half, the Patriots did control much of the play.

The Knights got a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter from Austin Akers to stay in the game, but he was only aided by three points from Trent Lancaster.

North's Andrew Gauer added a pair of second quarter baskets and Jerrel Thompson added four more points to take a 21-14 lead at the midway point.

"We're a perimeter oriented team and they didn't go in for us," Maesch said. "(The Patriots') big kids took away our drives."

In the second half, North extended its lead out of the break as Gant scored and Anderson followed with a drive. A rebound basket by the Knights' Jacob Musgrave narrowed the lead to 25-16, but Zach Harrison answered with a 3-pointer and a jumper for North.

Now trailing by double-digits at 30-16, Northview's Clint Reynolds hit his only 3-pointer of the game, but North finished the quarter on a 9-0 run to lead by 20 points.

Akers scored seven of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Northview, but the Knights weren't able to get enough stops on the defensive end to make a run.

"We'll get to play a great team (tonight)," Maesch said. "A team that will make us better."

Northview (4-4 overall) faces Terre Haute South (8-1 overall) at 6:15 p.m. this evening.

Wabash Valley Classic Tourney

At T.H. South

Northview (28)

Akers 6-18 2-3 16, Lancaster 2-9 1-3 5, Reynolds 1-7 0-0 3, Bradshaw 1-3 0-2 2, Musgrave 1-2 0-0 2, Keller 0-1 0-0 0, Mershon 0-4 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Rector 0-0 0-0 0, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Hyatt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-45 3-7 28.

T.H. North (48)

Jones 0-3 1-2 1, Harrison 6-11 1-1 15, Weatherford 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 6-11 0-0 12, Gant 5-9 0-0 10, Jones 0-3 1-2 1, Thompson 2-2 0-0 4, Bolden 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Gauer 3-7 0-0 6, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Sponsler 0-1 0-0 0, Shipley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-47 2-3 48.

Northview21259-28
T.H. North813189-48

3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 4-13 (Akers 2-6, Reynolds 1-4, Mershon 0-2, Lancaster 0-1), THN 2-6 (Harrison 2-4, Gauer 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 22 (Musgrave 5), THN 40 (Gant 12, Anderson 7). Total Fouls -- Nv 7, THN 8. Turnovers -- Nv 5, THN 8.



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