The Northview Freshman boys' basketball team posted a valiant rally, but fell short in a 50-45 decision against Owen Valley Monday night.
The Knights fell behind early, as they struggled to contain Patriot center Tanner Bennington for the duration of the game. Bennington had eight points and five rebounds in the first period and Northview ended the frame facing a 13-8 deficit. Bennington finished with a game-high 21 points and 16 rebounds.
The Knights went ice cold in the second quarter, as they didn't hit a field goal in the entire period, and didn't score until Craig Peters' free throws with 17.2 seconds to go in the half. Knight coach Joey Bennett said his team's first-half play put them behind the proverbial eight ball, from which they were never able to remove themselves.
"We weren't focused," Bennett said of a first half effort which saw more turnovers (13) than points (10). "We just got too far behind and weren't able to come back."
The Knights showed some life in the third but entered the games' final quarter trailing by 13. Seemingly out of it, the Knight offense finally caught fire in the fourth quarter to make the contest interesting.
The Knights got three pointers on three consecutive possessions from Peters and Braden Parr, to pull within a four at 41-37. After falling behind by seven, Peters was fouled as he made a remarkable fall away three to pull the Knights back within four.
However, in what was a recurring theme of the second half, Peters missed the free throw. The Knights were an anemic 5-20 from the foul line in the second half. The Patriots, by contrast, hit six of eight attempts from the charity strip in the games final two minutes, which proved to be a major factor in their five point win.
"That's what made the difference," Bennett said of the free throw shooting.
The loss dropped the Knights to 0-2 on the season. Bennett said he was disappointed, and said it would take an entire game's equivalent of Monday's fourth quarter for them to get where he wanted them to be fundamentally.
"We played harder in the fourth quarter than we did in the first three quarters combined," Bennett said of Monday's effort. "If we want to win we have to be focused early and really be sure to put in a full games' effort."
The Knights return to action Wednesday as they host the Vikings of West Vigo.
Owen Valley (50)
Bewley 1 0-2 2, Bennington 9 3-6 21, Hunter 3 0-1 6, Parker 2, 6-9 10, Worland 3 3-4 11
Hakman 1 0-0 2, Tracy 1 0-0 3, Peters 6 3-8 19, Parr 1 5-14 8, McKee 0 1-2 1, Britton 4 2-2 10, Lalen 1 0-0 2
3-point field goals- OV 2-2 (Worland 2-2) NV 6-11 (Tracy 1-1, Peters 4-7, Parr 1-3,) Total Rebounds- OV 27 (Bennington 16, Worland 4) NV 23 (Peters 5, Britton 5) Team Fouls- OV 17, NV 20. Turnovers- OV 20, NV 23.