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Three-point barrage leads Braves to third-place win over Knights

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Austin Akers (left) elevates for a first half shot on the way to a 20-point game.

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- Coming into Tuesday's third-place game against Terre Haute South, the Northview Knights could ill afford the Braves to wake up from its shooting slump.

The Braves suffered from a 15-of-42 shooting performance that resulted in a 46-42 loss to the Marshall, Ill. Lions on Monday night.

But when a team shoots as well as the South Braves do, there are rarely back-to-back nights where shooting woes ground them.

The Braves bounced back to hit 18-of-39 3-pointers against Northview, including eight more from John Michael Jarvis in scoring an 81-56 against the Knights to claim third-place in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic.

"What they couldn't make last night, they made tonight," Northview coach Ernie Maesch commented after the game. "We tried to stay within single-digits, but they would just knock down three of four 3-pointers. They deflate you too. We were hanging on for dear life to keep it in single-digits."

The Knights very gamely stayed in stride with the hot shooting Braves in the first half as Austin Akers put on his own shooting display with four bombs before break and 19 points.

South rang up a 28-point first quarter as John Michael Jarvis, who needed three from long range to tie the tournament record of 19 set by DJ Morris of Marshall in 2000.

Jarvis got started on the record early, tying the mark by hitting three in the first quarter. Teammate Ian McIntyre joined in the fray, sinking three of his own from beyond the arc as South hit seven-of-11 3-pointers in the quarter.

Trailing 28-18 after one quarter, Akers added another seven in quarter number two, but the Braves simply wouldn't cool off.

Jarvis missed all three of his long range shots, but McIntyre added two more on his way to an 18-point night and Jake Odum added two more buckets of the two-point variety.

Trent Lancaster scored six of his 10 points in the game as Northview trailed 43-31 at halftime.

Despite the deficit, Maesch felt his team played well to withstand the barrage by the Braves.

"We can take some good things from the first two quarters," Maesch said. "For the first two and a half quarters we played our best basketball of the year."

However, it was the final quarter and a half that sank the Knights' hopes of an upset win of the Class 4A third-ranked Braves.

Odum opened the second half with a 3-pointer and Caleb Mershon answered back with one of his own. Adam Austin followed with a score of a turnover by the Knights, but Jonathan Bradshaw scored off a nice set of touch passes to make the score 48-36.

Northview stayed close until midway through the period as Mershon hit his second 3-pointer and Akers added his only point of the half on a free throw to make the score 53-40.

From there however, the Braves locked down Akers by double teaming him when he got the ball and Jarvis ended the half by hitting four consecutive 3-pointers to shatter the tournament record by one player.

Jarvis ended the tourney with 24 in four games, five better than Morris. The Braves actually hit 18 in the game to break the seven-year old record of 16 held by Marshall. The two teams combined to hit 24 3-pointers in the game, which broke the mark of 22 set by Turkey Run and Marshall in 2000.

Jarvis' third quarter barrage capped an 18-5 run to end the period and extend the Braves' lead to 71-45.

In the fourth period, both teams subbed liberally down the stretch as Northview got 3-pointers from Hunter Robertson and Brad Wilson with Jacob Musgrave adding a three-point play to finish with five points.

Jarvis led the Braves in scoring with 27 points with McIntyre adding 18 and Odum tallying 13. Northview got 20 points from Akers and 10 from Lancaster with Clint Reynolds adding seven.

Akers made the All-tournament team along with Odum and Jarvis. Casey-Westfield placed Mitch Snyder on the team along with Rockville's R.J. Mahurin, West Vigo's Jordan Pearson, Terre Haute North's Justin Gant and Zach Harrison and both Logan and Lucas Eitel of tourney champions, Marshall, who downed the Patriots 64-48.

Northview falls to 4-5 overall and takes on Owen Valley on the road on Jan. 9.

Wabash Valley Classic Tourney

Third-place game

At T.H. South

Northview (56)

Akers 7-14 2-5 20, Lancaster 4-7 2-2 10, Reynolds 2-6 1-2 7, Mershon 2-7 0-0 6, Bradshaw 1-1 0-1 2, Musgrave 2-2 1-1 5, Keller 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 1-2 0-0 3, Robertson 1-1 0-0 3, Hyatt 0-0 0-0 0, Rector 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-40 6-11 56.

T.H. South (81)

McGill 3-6 0-0 6, McIntyre 6-12 0-0 18, Jarvis 8-13 3-4 27, Odum 5-11 2-2 13, Austin 1-1 0-0 2, Tanoos 1-4 0-0 3, Young 1-3 0-0 2, Worrell 3-6 0-0 8, Rose 0-0 0-0 0, Housely 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Bussey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 29-59 5-6 81.

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3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 9-21 (Akers 4-8, Reynolds 2-3, Lancaster 0-2, Mershon 2-6, Wilson 1-1, Robertson 1-1), THS 18-39 (Jarvis 8-13, Worrell 2-4, Odum 1-5, McIntyre 6-11, Tanoos 1-3, Young 0-1, McGill 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 25 (Lancaster 6, Akers 5), THS 22 (Jarvis 6). Total Fouls -- Nv 6, THS 16. Turnovers -- Nv 12, THS 2.

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