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Knights tip-off basketball season at jamboree

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jordan Allen makes a pass during the jamboree.

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- If there's one thing you can learn at a basketball jamboree, it's that you typically can't make too many concrete judgements about a squad based on what you take away from the scrimmage.

On Friday night, all three Vigo County schools and Northview took to the floor for two quarters apiece with Terre Haute South and West Vigo combining on the scoreboard against Terre Haute North and Northview.

In the opening quarter, Terre Haute South and West Vigo squared off mostly evenly before a couple steals in the back court led to a late flurry for the Braves. Senior John Michael Jarvis knocked home a late 3-pointer and scored off one of the steals to complement nine points from Anthony McGill for a 20-14 South advantage after eight minutes.

Jonathan Bradshaw (No. 42) fires a pass to Chance Talbot (No. 15).
In the second quarter, the Knights hit the hardwood against what will be a difficult match-up for many teams in Terre Haute North.

The Patriots return 6'6 Thomas Anderson and 6'8 Justin Gant to go with newcomers, Calvin Blank (6'5) and sophomore Matt O'Leary (6'6).

Northview coach Ernie Maesch admitted his team was going to shoot a lot from the perimeter this season and the jamboree displayed that as the Knights shot six from long-range in the period. It was pretty obvious that Northview is still trying to get into the basketball routine as many of their players also play football.

The Knights hit just one-of-11 shots from the field against the talented Patriots, who got a late rush by their bench to pull out to an 18-3 advantage. Jake Newton and Ross Sponsler each hit 3-pointers late to open the gap for North.

Afterwards, Maesch wasn't bothered by the Knights slow start in the jamboree.

Jacob Musgrave pulls down one of his nine rebounds in the jamboree.
"Ninety percent of the guys have been in football the last three months. I'm not gearing anything towards looking good in the jamboree," Maesch said. "We've been practicing for 10 days and the rest of those guys have been practicing for three months," Maesch said in reference to Terre Haute North and South's one-sport athletes. I'm not disappointed at all where we are at. I thought we played hard and I thought we took good shots and we had a lot of guys getting varsity experience for the first time and their nerves showed a little bit. As the quarter went and the game went, I thought we got better."

The Patriots also edged out the Braves as Gant finished with a team-high nine points on perfect shooting from the field and the free throw line. Sponsler and Newton each tallied five for the Patriots. Jarvis knocked home two more 3-pointers to give him 11 points in the two quarters, second only to McGill's 12 points.

In the final period Northview looked a little more comfortable as Dillon Reynolds had three points, Trent Lancaster added a pair of fieldgoals and Jon Bradshaw did the same for the Knights in a 14-13 quarter against West Vigo.

One aspect that Maesch did like was the Knights effort on the boards as Northview's Jacob Musgrave grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and Reynolds added four.

"We did a good job rebounding and we haven't worked on it one bit or have we worked on defense one bit at this point. All that starts in the morning," Maesch said. "We've worked on a lot of things offensively and you can't really show it because we play Terre Haute North in the very first game."

Afterwards, Maesch didn't put much stock in what the scoreboard said in the end as he feels the Knights will continue to improve throughout the season.

"We just sort of went out there and played. We didn't make a lot of shots, but I thought we took good shots and that's what I'm after," Maesch said. "I'm not disappointed at all, it's just going to take some time. We're not going to look good (in the jamboree) and we're probably not going to look good probably before Christmas, but I understand that and that's why I'm not hoarse. If they aren't hustling or playing hard then I'll say something."

The Knights open the season on Dec. 4 at Terre Haute North.

Terre Haute North Jamboree

T.H. South (30)

McGill 4-9 3-4 12, Jarvis 4-8 0-0 11, Tanoos 0-0 1-2 1, Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Worrell 0-1 1-2 1, Rose 2-3 0-0 5, Schwartz 0-2 0-0 0, Ulrich 0-1 0-0 0, Lookebill 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Etling 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-31 5-8 30.

West Vigo (28)

Wampler 2-4 3-5 8, West 3-8 1-2 9, McCalister 0-1 7-8 7, Thornton 2-2 0-2 4, Kent 0-0 0-0 0, Houser 1-6 0-2 2, Lydick 0-0 0-0 0, Crowther 0-3 0-0 0, Lyon 0-0 0-0 0, Gregg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 7-23 6-12 28.

Northview (16)

Lancaster 2-9 0-0 4, Mershon 1-5 0-0 3, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Bradshaw 2-5 0-0 4, Musgrave 0-0 0-0 0, Hyatt 0-2 0-0 0, Talbot 1-2 0-1 2, Hull 0-0 0-0 0, Rohr 0-0 0-0 0, Rodgers 0-2 0-0 0, Reynolds 1- 61-1 3. Totals: 7-32 1-2 16.

T.H. North (32)

Jones 0-2 4-4 4, C. O'Leary 0-2 0-0 0, Shipley 0-0 2-2 2, Anderson 1-2 1-2 3, Gant 2-2 4-4 9, Marshall 0-2 0-0 0, Sponsler 1-1 2-2 5, Blank 1-1 0-0 2, M. O'Leary 0-2 0-0 0, Gauer 1-2 0-0 5, Newton 2-2 0-0 5. Totals: 7-16 13-14 32.

T.H. South/Northview2031010-43
West Vigo/T.H. North14181414-60

3-point fieldgoals -- THS 5-17 (Rose 1-2, McGill 1-4, Jarvis 3-6, Lookebill 0-2, Worrell 0-1, Young 0-1, Turner 0-1), WV 3-7 (Wampler 1-1, Houser 0-2, West 2-4), Nv 1-12 (Lancaster 0-4, Mershon 1-5, Reynolds 0-2, Hyatt 0-1), THN 3-7 (Gant 1-1, Sponsler 1-1, Newton 1-1, C. O'Leary 0-1, Gauer 0-1, Marshall 0-1, Alexander 0-1). Total Rebounds -- THS 16 (Worrell 4), WV 17 (Thornton 4, Wampler 4), Nv 23 (Musgrave 9, Reynolds 4), THN 18 (Gant 4, Anderson 3). Total Fouls -- THS 13, WV6, Nv 10, THN 7. Turnovers -- THS 6, WV 6, Nv 7, THN 8.