Times Staff Reporter
The Northview Knights' boys' varsity basketball team played their home opener Friday night against the Terre Haute North Patriots and their star 6'8" center, senior Justin Gant. Northview showed a lot of effort, but Terre Haute North's size and three-point shooting were too much for the Knights, who lost, 58-40.
The Patriots got off to a fast start against the Knights, going on an 8-2 run to begin the game. Northview junior Dillon Reynolds responded well by connecting on a three-pointer to narrow the gap.
Reynolds ended the contest with seven points.
Terre Haute North ended the quarter in a commanding fashion with a pair of threes inside the final minute of the period.
Those three-pointers brought the Patriots to a 15-7 lead.
The second quarter was much akin to the first.
Northview senior Jacob Ninesling energized both the home crowd and his teammates midway through the second by connecting on a lay-up while being fouled, then converting the three-point play to bring the score to 17-10.
Ninesling finished with four points and a rebound during the contest.
Despite Northview's best efforts in the second quarter, they couldn't stop Terre Haute North from going on a offensive tear, scoring 13 of the last 14 points of the period to drastically extend its first half lead to 30-11, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer by senior Jake Newton.
Coming out of halftime, the Knights were determined to improve their offense after shooting just 3-of-19 from the floor.
They did just that as Knight senior Trent Lancaster scored six points in the quarter, more than the entire team's total in the first half.
Lancaster finished the game with a team-high 15 points.
Lancaster boosted Northview's offense to score 11 in the third quarter, doubling their point total to 22.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the Patriots' offense also came to play in the third quarter. After connecting on a pair of threes, Gant added insult to injury by jamming the ball into the hoop on a fast break late in the third, increasing their lead even more to 42-22.
In the fourth quarter, the Knights' offense really started to pick up, scoring 18 points in the period.
However, it was too little, too late as Terre Haute North was able to hold on to its lead for the remainder of the contest, giving the Patriots the 58-40 victory.
"I'm going to take a lot more positives away from this game than negatives," Northview head coach Ernie Maesch said. "I saw us grow a little bit."
Senior Caleb Mershon scored three points for Northview. His classmate, Jacob Musgrave added four points to the Knights' total. Juniors Chance Talbot and Zach Hull each contributed with two points each. Senior Hunter Robertson added two points of his own. Finally, junior Bryant Pestoff scored a point in the Knights' loss.
Northview's junior varsity also lost Friday night, 61-24. Sophomore Craig Peters led the Knights with eight points.
Terre Haute North also defeated the Northview freshmen, 29-21.
Northview's next varsity match-up is at Brown County tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Hyatt 0-2 0-0 0, Lancaster 5-12 5-5 15, Mershon 1-5 0-0 3, Talbot 1-2 0-0 2, Pestoff 0-1 1-2 1 Reynolds 2-7 2-2 7, Robertson 0-1 2-4 2, Hull 1-1 0-0 2, Ninesling 1-3 2-3 4, Musgrave 2-7 0-1 4. Totals: 13-41 12-17 40.
Terre Haute North
Shipley 7-13 0-1 19, O'Leary 4-7 0-0 11, Newton 1-5 0-0 3, Sponsler 0-4 0-0 0, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0 Blank 2-3 2-2 6, Gant 7-13 5-7 19. Totals: 21-46 7-10 58.
|Terre Haute North||15||15||12||16||-- 58|
3-point fieldgoals -- NV 2-8 (Reynolds 1-3, Lancaster 0-2, Mershon 1-2), THN 8-18 (Shipley 5-7, O'Leary 2-4, Newton 1-3, Sponsler 0-3, Gant 0-1). Total Rebounds -- NV 17 (Hyatt 2, Mershon 4, Hull 2, Ninesling 1, Musgrave 4), THN 32 (Jones 3, Bolden 7, Shipley 1, O'Leary 6, Newton 4, Sponsler 1, Blank 2, Gant 7). Total Fouls -- NV 11, THN 14. Total Turnovers ¬-- NV 10, THN 11.