Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- For much of Friday night's conference boys' basketball battle against the West Vigo Vikings, the Northview Knights played well enough to win. In fact, the Knights played perhaps their best game of the season, but ultimately it was the Vikings that made the plays down the stretch to steal a 56-55 victory.
"I thought we were better than (West Vigo) tonight, but they were smarter than us," Northview coach Ernie Maesch lamented. "They made some disciplined plays and we were undisciplined and that was the difference."
Senior forward, Jon Bradshaw found his shooting stroke and knocked home four of five shots in the first half and Jacob Musgrave played well in posting five of his seven points before the half. The strong post play was enough to send the Knights into the half with a 30-21 advantage.
"Our big guys played well tonight, we executed well, it was by far the best we've played," Maesch said. "We came in with a plan and the kids did well with it defensively. Offensively we did good, just didn't play very smart the last couple of minutes."
After the half, the teams came out racing as both teams traded hoops at a fevered pace. The Knights got a 3-pointer from Caleb Mershon, a leaner from Trent Lancaster and a hoop from Bradshaw. Bradshaw's bucket put the Knights ahead 39-28 and the Vikings were on the verge of letting the game get away, but the Vikings went to their long-range attack with a pair of 3-pointers from Scott West and two hoops from Wampler. Cody Thornton added a third 3-pointer in the quarter by the Vikings. Wampler followed by scoring on a leaning banker at the buzzer to cap a 16-4 run to end the quarter and give the Vikings a 44-43 lead.
Three or four times we came out of our stance on the baseline a few feet from the goal and gave up easy buckets and that was the difference," Maesch said. "If we were able to execute one or two of those plays offensively or defensively in crunch time than we're able to get up enough that we're able to spread it out and pull away."
In the final quarter, the game remained close, but Bradshaw hit three of four shots at the free throw line to push the Knights ahead 51-46. Wampler answered back with a jumper and a transition bucket. Following a hoop by Bradshaw, who scored 19 points, the Vikings got a bucket from Jordan Houser and Thornton followed to give the Vikings a 54-53 lead with less than a minute remaining.
The Knights called a timeout with 36 seconds remaining and got a look at a driving jumper by Dillon Reynolds, who had nine points, but the shot rimmed out and Wampler got a fast break score with 11 seconds left. The Knights missed a final 3-point shot that Reynolds rebounded for a put back score to cap the scoring.
Wampler led all scoring with 20 for the Vikings with Trent Lancaster adding 14 for the Knights who fall to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the WIC.
The Knights are off until next Friday when they visit Edgewood.
Reynolds 4-7 0-2 9, Lancaster 6-13 1-2 14, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Bradshaw 6-9 7-8 19, VanHorn 0-1 0-0 0, Mershon 2-5 0-0 6, Musgrave 3-7 1-2 7, Hatt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-42 9-14 55.
West Vigo (56)
Wampler 9-15 2-2 20, Houser 4-10 0-0 8, West 5-8 0-0 14, Thornton 4-7 0-0 9, McCalister 0-0 0-0 0, Mix 0-1 0-0 0, Kent 1-3 0-0 3, Flesher 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 24-45 2-2 56.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 4-11 (Mershon 2-4, Reynolds 1-2, Lancaster 1-4, Musgrave 0-1), WV 6-20 (Wampler 0-5, West 4-6, Houser 0-5, Kent 1-3, Thornton 1-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 22 (Lancaster 6, Musgrave 4), WV 19 (Thornton 5, Wampler 4). Total Fouls -- Nv 5, WV 12. Turnovers -- Nv 10, WV 15.