Times Sports Editor
SPENCER -- The Northview Knights found out what many opponents of Owen Valley did in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic two weeks ago.
The Patriots are pretty good.
Northview knew that the Patriots had a large front line with 6'7 Cody Vest and 6'5 Dayton Gobert, but perhaps a bit of a surprise in Friday night's WIC contest was the Patriots' perimeter success.
Owen Valley hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter to take an early lead that they wouldn't relinquish in a 71-66 victory.
"We were a little undersized and they shot the '3' well," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said.
The Knights trailed the entire game as Owen Valley scored 22 points in the first quarter as Northview went 0-for-7 from 3-point range while the Patriots hit nine-of-16 fieldgoals to take a 22-14 lead.
Northview was able to find its range a bit in the second quarter as Austin Akers scored seven of his 14 points in the quarter and both Trent Lancaster and Clint Reynolds knocked home 3-pointers. However, Owen Valley's Tyler Collier stayed hot to finish with 10 points before the break.
Forced to stay out and guard the perimeter, the Knights left openings in the interior for the Patriots big men.
Vest took over in the third quarter, scoring six early points to push the lead out to 41-32 after a rebound and put back basket. Trent Lancaster knocked home a 3-pointer and Jonathan Bradshaw got the Knights within 41-34. Collier answered with a 3-pointer and Tyler Lientz followed with a bucket to increase the gap to double-digits at 46-34.
Northview continued to battle however and got back-to-back 3-pointers from Clint Reynolds to narrow the lead back to 46-40.
Just as the Knights looked to be making a run back into the game however, it was Vest again, getting fouled on a 3-pointer and hitting all three free throws. Northview came right back on a floater from Reynolds, who had 14 points and a free throw apiece from Jonathan Bradshaw and Akers.
Owen Valley led just 49-44 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Patriots went on a 9-0 run led by seven points from Gobert and a pair of free throws from Vest. The lead would grow to 66-53 before the Knights had one last run in them.
Musgrave, who had 11-points and 11-rebounds, followed a Bradshaw bucket with a three-point play and an Akers 3-pointer got the Knights back within 68-61, but time ran out on Northview down the stretch.
Owen Valley hit six-of-seven field goals in the fourth quarter and hit 10-of-13 free throws as Northview couldn't catch much of a break from the Patriots.
"We had to gamble in the fourth quarter and their big guys got loose," Maesch said. "(Owen Valley) has a good point guard, but we just needed to make some plays and finish.
"I'm proud of the kids, they played hard and played to the buzzer," Maesch added.
Northview actually had five players in double-figures with Reynolds, Akers and Lancaster each scoring 14 points. Bradshaw had 13 points and Musgrave added 11.
Owen Valley got a 23-point night from Gobert with Collier adding 16, Vest and Lientz each had 15.
The Knights (4-6 overall) have a tough upcoming schedule with Columbus East at home tonight before hosting Terre Haute South, Mooresville and Bloomington North over the next 10 days.
"The next four or five games we have our work cut out for us," Maesch said. "What I want to see from our team is good effort and a good attitude."
At Owen Valley
Lancaster 4-12 1-2 14, Mershon 0-2 0-0 0, Reynolds 5-14 0-0 14, Bradshaw 6-12 1-2 13, Musgrave 5-7 1-1 11, Akers 5-13 1-2 14, Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-60 6-10 66.
Owen Valley (71)
Hollows 1-4 0-0 2, Worland 0-2 0-0 0, Lientz 4-10 4-4 15, Collier 6-13 12- 16, Gobert 8-8 7-10 23, Vest 5-10 6-7 15, Christenberry 0-0 0-0 0, Warner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 23-46 18-23 71.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 10-28 (Akers 3-8, Lancaster 3-9, Reynolds 4-10, Mershon 0-1), OV 7-18 (Hollows 0-3, Vest 1-2, Lientz 3-4, Collier 3-6, Worland 0-2, Warner 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 29 (Musgrave 11), OV 32 (Gobert 11). Total Fouls -- Nv 17, OV 11. Fouled out -- Nv (Mershon). Turnovers -- Nv 7, OV 10.