For the Brazil Times
TERRE HAUTE -- Dillon Reynolds turned a busted play into a game-winning shot and a three-game winning streak for the Northview Knights in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute South High School on Tuesday.
With time running out, Reynolds some how got the game-winning shot through and over the outstretched arms of the Monrovia Bulldogs for a 52-50 Northview victory. Northview now plays Casey-Westfield (lll.) at 7 p.m. tonight in the semifinals of the Classic.
Reynolds, who finished with seven points, was looking for a screen and teammate Trent Lancaster. But the screen wasn't there and only four seconds were left in the game when the ball was put in play.
"The first reaction was panic. After that I saw that lane open up, so I figure go now or we're not going to get anything out of it," Reynolds said.
It is the Knights' third straight win after a 0-5 start.
"We've lost three close games by under three points, so to get a win in a close game is really good," Reynolds said.
Lancaster led the Knights with 25 points and Jacob Ninesling had eight.
Northview trailed 13-10 after one quarter, but rallied to lead 26-21 at halftime. Monrovia took a 35-32 lead into the final eight minutes.
Reynolds hit a three to put the Knights on top 45-39, midway through the fourth period.
But missed free throws and a turnover with a minute to play allowed the Bulldogs to tie the score 50-50 with 12 seconds to play.
Northview coach Ernie Maesch was pleased to win a close game, but as a coach looking at 3A conference and a 4A sectional at the end of the season, he was unhappy with the Knights play.
"To play this poorly and win I'm very happy with. That could be the only thing right now that I'm happy with. We made this game close when it never should have been. Missed free throws, missed lay-ups, turnovers. Those things we've got to get better on," Maesch said.
Mershon 0-7 1-2 1, Ninesling 4-12 0-3 8, Talbot 2-6 2-4 6, Hyatt 1-4 1-2 3, Lancaster 8-13 7-11 25, Reynolds 3-5 0-0 7, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Rohr 0-0 0-0 0, Whitson 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 18-49 FG, 13-24 FT, 52 TP.
Sowers 3-10 0-0 6, Sichting 4-11 0-0 8, McCleery 2-4 0-0 4, Benefiel 11-16 6-8 29, Michel 1-2 0-0 2, Fite 0-3 1-2 1, Gray 0-1 0-0 0, Bolton 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 FG, 7-10 FT, 50 TP.
3-Pt. goals: Nv 3-9 (Lancaster 2, Reynolds 1), M 1-8 (Benefiel). Total fouls: N 15, M 23. Technical fouls: Monrovia (Sowers). Rebounds: N 36 (Lancaster 8, Talbot 7), M 29 (Sichting 12).
Next game: Northview (3-5) will play Casey-Westfield ( Ill. ) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Terre Haute South.