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Big fourth quarter leads Knights by Greencastle

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Northview senior Austin Akers looks to score over Greencastle's Zach Shuee in Tuesday's victory.
By CAINE GARDNER

For the Brazil Times

GREENCASTLE -- As in most good games, Tuesday's contest with Greencastle came down to the final quarter. A breakout performance from sophomore Jacob Musgrave didn't hurt matters either, as the Knights dropped Greencastle 62-51.

Northview (8-11) began strong, but a resilient Tiger Cubs squad kept the game within reach until the fourth. The Knights enjoyed a nice eight-point cushion going into the half and clung to a three-point advantage after three, but it was all business in the final stanza.

The Knights outscored GHS 23-15 in the final quarter, 15 of which came from the charity stripe. Northview knocked down 72 percent of its free throws on the evening.

With Greencastle's 6-foot-6-inch sophomore Nick Hutcheson out due to illness and senior Kyle Nobles on the bench with foul trouble, Northview set up shop down low, with Musgrave ending the night with 24 points. Musgrave scored 10 of his 12 second-half points in the fourth quarter.

"He responded," coach Ernie Maesch said of Musgrave. "He's come off the bench the last few games. He's been challenged and he responded tonight. Not only did he go for 24 (points) and 13 (rebounds), but he played tough. He listened and he's very coachable. We can build on this."

After Greencastle pulled within three with 5:12 remaining in the game, the Knights went on a 16-8 run to close the game and pick up their second consecutive victory.

In addition to Musgrave, Dillon Reynolds put in 12 for the Knights, with Austin Akers chipping in 10 and Jonathan Bradshaw adding eight. Clint Reynolds collected six points and Jordan Keller closed out Northview's scoring with two points.

Fundamentals proved key in the win, as Northview outscored the Tiger Cubs 15-5 at the line on the evening.

"We won the game," Maesch said. "We're happy with that, but we have to be more focused and take care of the ball on Friday against Clay City."

Kyle Harlan and Jordan Hickam led Greencastle with 11 points each.

Northview (8-11 overall) will host Clay City this Friday with a 6 p.m. tip-off.

At Greencastle

Northview (62)

Akers 4-15 2-3 10, Bradshaw 4-7 0-2 8, Musgrave 9-9 6-8 24, Reynolds 2-5 0-0 6, Lancaster 2-9 7-8 12, Keller 1-1 0-0 2, Mershon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 FG, 15-21 FT, 62 TP.

Greencastle (51)

Huber 3-12 0-0 9, Marshall 5-11 1-3 11, Nobles 0-0 1-2 1, Hickam 5-8 1-1 11, Bartram 2-5 0-0 4, Harlan 5-7 0-0 11, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Shuee 1-4 1-1 3, Moore 0-1 1-3 1. Totals 21-49 FG, 5-10 FT, 51 TP.

Northview1614923--62
Greencastle1391415--51

3Pt. Goals: Nv 3-11 (Reynolds 2-5, Lancaster 1-2, Akers 0-4), Gc 4-19 (Huber 3-8, Harlan 1-2, Marshall 0-3, Bartrum 0-3, Lewis 0-1, Shuee 0-1, Hickam 0-1). Total fouls: Nv 12, Gc 21. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: Nv 11, Gc 9. Rebounds: Nv 37 (Musgrave 13, Akers 6, Bradshaw 6), Gc 27 (Marshall 8). JV game: Greencastle won 48-40.