Times Sports Editor
CLINTON -- The Northview Knights halted a six-game losing streak with a strong, fourth quarter surge to take down Western Indiana Conference foe South Vermillion, 60-41.
The Knights played unselfishly to great success in the game, moving the ball to find the open man in their spread offense late in a close contest.
South Vermillion guard Logan Laswell came up big in the third quarter with 10 of his 13 points to get the Wildcats within 28-23, but Northview strung together a 12-4 run to build a 40-27 advantage.
Junior forward Jonathan Bradshaw, coming off a career-night against Bloomington North earlier in the week, came up with another strong effort in the paint.
He completed a three-point play and added a short jumper during the run to go with a runner from Trent Lancaster and a 3-pointer from Clint Reynolds to build the 13-point lead.
Bradshaw had 20 points and seven rebounds to follow up a 27-point night against the Cougars on Tuesday.
Bradshaw's effort was not overlooked by Northview coach Ernie Maesch.
"Bradshaw played incredible," the Knights' first-year coach said. "He played in the middle of the zone as well as anyone. It's like having a little chunk of gold in your pocket. He's finding guys open."
South Vermillion however came right back with a pair of scores from Patrick Harpenau along with a 3-pointer from Laswell to get back within 42-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
Caleb Mershon set the tone for the fourth quarter by knocking home a 3-pointer to open the fourth period and return the momentum to the Knights.
Northview held South Vermillion to just one-of-nine shooting from the field in the fourth quarter and moved the ball selflessly to get to the line eight times down the stretch.
With a 45-36 lead, Lancaster got to the line for a free throw and Bradshaw added a pair of free throws to push the lead back to double-digits.
Harpenau hit a jumper to narrow the gap to 48-38, but Lancaster added another free throw and Austin Akers scored off a steal. A second turnover by the Wildcats resulted in a Bradshaw hoop off an assist from Akers.
The 7-2 run took barely a minute of time off the clock, but cemented Wildcats' fate.
South Vermillion would not get any closer as Northview pulled away to the 19-point victory.
On a night when Akers, who averages nearly 20 ppg., was held to less than half his usual total, the rest of the team came forward in victory.
Bradshaw had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the scoring totals, but six different Knights had five or more points. Akers tallied eight points, but also grabbed eight rebounds in the win.
Maesch shook up the lineup to begin the game, adding Caleb Mershon and Brad Wilson to the rotation for the tip-off.
The Knights did open with a 12-7 lead after one quarter, but struggled to gain a foothold despite Jacob Musgrave tallying all six of his points. Northview led 23-18 at the mid-point before making its fourth quarter run.
Northview improves to 5-9 overall and host Sullivan on Friday night.
Akers 4-12 0-1 8, Mershon 2-6 0-0 6, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Bradshaw 7-7 6-7 20, Musgrave 2-4 2-2 6, Lancaster 4-8 4-6 12, Reynolds 2-6 0-0 5, Keller 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, H.Robertson 1-1 0-0 3, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Rector 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-46 13-17 60.
Laswell 5-9 0-0 13, Walsh 3-10 2-2 8, Reyher 0-4 0-2 0, Mumaw 2-5 1-3 6, Harpenau 6-13 0-0 12, McMasters 0-0 0-0 0, Kempf 1-1 0-1 2, Chambers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-42 3-8 41.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 4-17 (Mershon 2-3, Reynolds 1-3, Akers 0-5, Lancaster 0-3, Wilson 0-2), SV 4-11 (Laswell 3-6, Mumaw 1-3, Reyher 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 28 (Akers 8, Lancaster 7, Bradshaw 7), SV 24 (Harpenau 8). Total Fouls --Nv 12, SV 14. Turnovers -- SV Nv 5, SV 10.