For the Brazil Times
The Northview Knights' sixth straight loss on Tuesday night may be the hardest one yet for coach Ernie Maesch to accept.
Northview got a career-high 27 points from Jonathan Bradshaw, another 10 points from Jacob Musgrave and a strong 16 points and 14 assists from Austin Akers, and came up one play short against Bloomington North, losing 61-59 in overtime.
"We've got to have that one defensive stop late in the game. We got to get that one rebound. We got to have that one execution at the other end and we're not getting that in a timely manner. We're getting it throughout the game, but that one you have to have [at the end of the game], we're not getting it," Maesch said.
Bloomington North, leading 61-59, stole the ball with less than 20 seconds left in the overtime period to preserve the win.
"I think it's almost impossible to have the two big guys (Bradshaw and Musgrave) to play as well as they did and us not win. That's what I'm heart sick about," Maesch said.
It was the sixth straight loss to Northview (4-9) and fifth loss this season by less than 10 points.
Akers drove through the Bloomington North defense to net the game-tying basket, 57-57, with 11 seconds left in regulation play.
Bloomington North scored first in overtime, but Northview got Musgrave an open shot to tie the score 59-59 with 2:40 left in overtime.
Boatner put Bloomington North ahead 61-59 with 1:22 to play. With less than 20 seconds left to play, Bloomington North's Lewis stole the ball and as he fell out of bounds, passed to a teammate.
Northview got off to a slow start and trailed 14-9 at the first stop. The Knights opened the second quarter with a 13-0 run, starting with a tip-in from Bradshaw. Akers hit a 3-pointer, then found Musgrave with a pass for two points and a 16-14 Northview lead. Bradshaw scored the next two buckets and Musgrave capped the run with a deuce.
"We only had one day to prepare, but I really beat it in to the two big guys (Bradshaw and Musgrave) that they had to do to attack the zone, and they did it. But we had some other guys who are just not stepping up to the plate," Maesch said.
Bradshaw scored 11 points in the second period and Northview took a 27-21 halftime lead.
Bloomington North tried to force Northview into a faster tempo in the third quarter by trapping the basketball. The Knights turned the ball over and Bloomington North's Boatner hit three 3-point shots in a 13-point third quarter.
Bloomington North took a six-point lead with four minutes to play in the third period, but Northview cut the margin to two before the period ended.
Bradshaw found Musgrave for an inside basket, then Akers made a nifty behind-the back pass to an Bradshaw for a bucket and Northview trailed just 38-36 going into the fourth quarter.
Bradshaw scored two buckets to tie the score 40-40 with 2:15 left in regulation play.
"I'm proud of the way we played. One day to prepare and they executed well with what [Bloomington North] brings at you, because they bring a lot of pressure out of that zone," Maesch said.
Northview shot a solid 52 percent (24-46) from the floor and hit 75 percent (6-8) of its free throws. Bloomington North also shot 52 percent (26-50) from the floor, hitting 5-9 from 3-point range.
Northview travels to South Vermillion on Friday night for a WIC contest.
Bloomington North (61)
Santarossa 1-5 2-2 4, Hurt 0-0 2-4 2, Stanger 4-7 0-0 8, Boatner 13-22 0-0 31, Ballman 5-10 0-1 10, Basye 0-2 0-0 0, Lewis 3-4 0-0 6, Pittman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 FG, 4-7 FT, 61 TP.
Akers 5-12 3-5 16, Bradshaw 12-14 3-3 27, Musgrave 4-6 0-0 10, Reynolds 0-2 0-0 0, Lancaster 0-7 0-0 0, Mershon 2-4 0-0 6, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 FG, 6-8 FT, 59 TP.
3 Pt. Goals: BN 5-9 (Boatner 5-8, Basye 0-1), Nv 5-20 (Akers 3-9, Mershon 2-4, Lancaster 0-4, Reynolds 0-2, Wilson 0-1). Total fouls: BN 10, Nv 9. Fouled out: Santarossa. Turnovers: BN 12, Nv 17. Rebounds: BN 23 (Stanger 6), Nv 23 (Bradshaw 7, Musgrave and Akers 5).
JV game: Bloomington North won 41-28.
Next game -- Northview (4-9, 1-3 in WIC) travels to South Vermillion on Friday.