For the Brazil Times
Six minutes into the high school basketball game Saturday night the Northview Knights were 0-3 against teams in Class 4A Sectional 13 and trailing 16-6 on their homecourt to the Mooresville Pioneers.
Over the next three and a half minutes the Knights put together a 9-0 run, then stood up to the Pioneers' pressure defense and made clutch plays and shots on both ends of the court to pull out a 47-45 victory.
"It was a huge win against a really good team. I told (Terre Haute South coach Mike Saylor Friday night) I thought Mooresville was playing as well as anybody in the sectional. They lost to Columbus North (Friday) by two. When we were down 16-6, I was afraid I was really right," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said.
Northview entered the week with losses to sectional opponents Terre Haute South, Terre Haute North (twice) and was 0-4 against Class 4A opponents. Northview's five wins came against Class 3A (Owen Valley, Edgewood), Class 2A ( Monrovia ) and Class A (Shakamak, Casey-Westfield).
Northview got a variety of contributions at both ends of the court.
Caleb Mershon continued his hot perimeter shooting, knocking down 6-of-10 three-point shot attempts to lead the Knights with 18 points. Trent Lancaster scored 12 points, who along with Dillon Reynolds, hit 2-of-3 3-point shots.
Damon Hyatt scored just four points off the Northview bench, but he stole the ball four times, twice in the fourth quarter, that led to big baskets for the Knights.
And the combined defensive efforts of Hunter Robertson, Bryant Pestoff, Jordan VanHorn and Jacob Ninesling shut down Mooresville's inside game.
"We're playing lots of guys. There were a couple of guys who played tonight, started, who didn't even touch the floor last night, because they can't play against (Terre Haute ) South. Tonight they started, they defend the post," Maesch said.
Mooresville jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Northview's Lancaster picked up his second foul at 3:19 in the opening quarter and Mooresville was lobbing the ball inside to 6-foot-7 Max Bisesi. Mooresville's junior center scored 10 of his 11 total points in the first quarter.
"We got guys who can guard him. We just went brain dead and gave him eight straight points. We got guys who can defend the post and from on we did it," Maesch said.
In the closing two minutes of the first quarter and first 1:20 of the second, the Knights took away the Pioneers' inside game and Mershon hit two threes and Lancaster one in a 9-0 run that cut Mooresville's lead to 16-15.
With 2:15 to play in the half, Lancaster scored a deuce to keep the Knights within a basket, 21-19. Maesch pulled Lancaster to guard against a third foul call, and the Knights ran the clock and took a 22-21 halftime lead when Mershon hit a three.
Mershon then opened the second half with another three to give the Knights a 25-21 lead. But the game was far from won, as the lead changed hands twice before the quarter ended.
Back-to-back threes by Mershon and Reynolds put the Knight up 31-26 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Then Hyatt stole the ball and passed to Robertson for a lay-up that gave Northivew a 33-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Anther steal and lay-up by Hyatt gave Northview a 35-27 lead in the opening minute of the final period.
"Damon Hyatt just got a mean streak in him the second half and really turned the game around," Maesch said.
Again, the game was far from over. Mooresville rallied behind Justin Kenney and Devin Harris to take a 39-35 lead with 5:28 left in the game.
"It looked like (the game) was going to go south on us. (Mooresville) made a come back, we got up, they made a come back and took the lead and (Hyatt) had a couple of steals, a couple of nice plays, then Trent hit a big three," Maesch said.
Mershon hit a three and Ninesling sank two free throws to put the Knights up 40-39 with 4:51 to play. Mooresville took the lead back, 42-40.
With 2:07 to play, Lancaster launched and hit an NBA-length three-pointer that gave Northview a 43-42 lead. Ninesling followed that with a steal, then he and Hyatt went 4-for-4 at the free throw line to lock up the win.
"We had guys step up tonight. Ninesling stepped up in there and made some free throws. It's nice to win (especially with) as many lay-ups and free throws as we missed and still win," Maesch said.
Northview hit just 56 percent (9-16) of its free throws. The Knights shot 41 percent (14-34) from the floor, but a sizzling 52 percent (10-19) from three-point range. Northview held Mooresville to 40 percent shooting from the floor, including 28 percent from three-point range.
In junior varsity action, Mooresville held off a Northview rally to win 47-38. Dallas King led Northview with 14 points.
The Knights' freshmen got 22 points from Daniel Kimball and 10 from Ian Heffner to score a 46-42 victory against the Pioneers. Tyler Rector added eight points and both Mark Underwood and Jim Mace tallied three.
Northview returns to action at home Tuesday against Bloomington North. The Knights travel to South Vermillion on Friday for a girls-boys WIC doubleheader.
Smalling 1-4 0-0 2, Weaver 5-9 0-0 11, Bisesi 5-9 1-2 11, Harris 3-6 2-3 10, Kenney 1-7 6-6 9, Loechel 1-1 0-0 2, Fields 0-4 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Stahley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-40 FG, 9-11 FT, 45 TP.
Ninesling 0-1 4-4 4, Robertson 1-2 1-4 3, Pestoff 0-1 0-2 0, Mershon 6-10 0-1 18, Lancaster 4-11 2-2 12, Hyatt 1-3 2-3 4, VanHorn 0-1 0-0 0, Reynolds 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 14-34 FG, 9-16 FT, 47 TP.
3Pt. Goals: Mv 4-14 (Harris 2-3, Weaver 1-3, Kenney 1-6, Smalling 0-1, Fields 0-1), Nv 10-19 (Mershon 6-10, Lancaster 2-3, Reynolds 2-4, Hyatt 0-2). Total fouls: Mv 20, Nv 12. Fouled out: Smalling. Technical fouls: None. Turnovers; Mv 13, Nv 9. Rebounds: Mv 32 (Bisesi 14), Nv 16 (Ninesling, Mershon 3). Steals: Mv 3 (Smalling 2), Nv 7 (Hyatt 4).
JV game: Mooresville won 47-38.
Next game: Northview (6-7, 2-2 in WIC) will host Bloomington North on Tuesday.