Times Staff Reporter
A valiant comeback effort fell short for the Northview freshman basketball team Monday night, losing a 47-45 overtime heartbreaker to Greencastle.
Greencastle's Dylan Battin hit a lay-up off an in bounds pass with 9.5 seconds left in overtime to give the Tiger Cubs a two-point lead.
Braden Parr, who scored all seven of the Knights' overtime points, missed a running shot, which would have extended the game to a second overtime, and the Knights fell short.
The ending wasn't without controversy. Northview coach Joey Bennett appeared to be attempting to call a timeout prior to the Tiger Cubs' winning in bounds pass, but his wish was not granted. Despite the missed call, Bennett said it wasn't responsible for his teams' defeat.
"We lost the game in the first half," Bennett said. "We made a nice comeback, but things just didn't work out."
In a game, which featured wide momentum shifts, Northview held a 15-10 lead in the second quarter, only to allow Greencastle to score the final six points of the period to take a one-point lead into the half.
The Knights took the momentum back in the third quarter, opening the frame with an 8-0 run, which gave them a 26-22 lead going into the fourth. The Tiger Cubs took it right back in the fourth, opening with a 12-3 run of their own.
Northview didn't quit however, tying the game on a Devin Clark lay-up. After Greencastle took the lead back with a minute to go, Parr set the tone for his stellar overtime performance by tying things back up with 40 seconds remaining. Parr led all scorers with 13 points, while Bryce Britton was the game's leading rebounder, pulling down 10 boards.
With the loss, the Knights fall to 6-11 on the season. They now have a few days rest after playing eight games in the span of 10 days. Bennett said he believed his team simply ran out of gas as the game ended, and hoped to use the next few days as an opportunity for his players to recharge.
Despite their lackluster record, Bennett, who has been critical of his player's effort at times during the season, said he was starting to see real improvement. One plus is his teams 4-1 record in conference play, and Bennett said he hoped to see the improvements carry over when the end-of-the year WIC tournament begins on Feb. 6.
"As a team, we're definitely getting better," Bennett said. "I think we've got a good chance to win the WIC tournament, and hopefully we can close out our season by doing so."
The Northview B-team didn't experience a similar heartbreak, earning a 17-6 win in two quarters of play against the Tiger Cubs. Garrett Baysinger led Northview with nine points, while a smothering Knights defense held Greencastle scoreless in the second quarter.
Northview returns to action Thursday with a home game against South Vermillion. Over the weekend, they finished third in the North Montgomery tournament, losing 41-31 to Richmond, before taking a 47-29 win in consolation game against Fountain Central.
Christy 4 0-1 10, Miller 4 0-0 10, Battin 0 2-2 2, Gilliam 5 0-1 10, Patterson 2 2-4 7, Gierke 3 2-3 8
Baysinger 1 0-0 3, Holifield 1 0-1 2, Hakman 1 0-1 2, Tracy 1 0-0 3, Clark 3 0-0 7, Peters 2 0-0 6, Parr 5 3-8 13, Britton 4 1-3 9.
3-point field goals-- GC 4-13 (Christy 2-6, Miller 2-3, Battin 0-1, Gilliam 0-1, Patterson 1-2) NV 4-24 (Baysinger 1-3, Hakman 0-2, Tracy 1-2, Clark 1-3, Peters 2-10, Parr 0-4). Total Rebounds-- GC 28 (Patterson 6, Gierke and Christy 5), NV 29 (Britton 10, Clark Holifield and Hakman 3). Team Fouls-- GC 15, NV 14. Fouled out-- GC (Gierke), NV (Peters). Turnovers-- GC 20, NV 8.