Times Sports Editor
The Northview boy's basketball team followed up a strong performance against Mooresville in a win on Saturday night with a disappointing performance against Bloomington North on Tuesday.
The Cougars turned the Knights over on their first four possessions while building a 9-0 lead to open the game and didn't look back in cruising to an 80-48 victory.
The win was Bloomington North's second straight over a Western Indiana Conference opponent as the Cougars drilled Owen Valley 68-39 over the weekend.
"We just flat out didn't come to play," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "We couldn't even catch the ball the first few possessions. We spot them a 9-0 lead and we're not a team that can play from behind against that type of quickness."
The Cougars' quickness gave the Knights' fits at the defensive end as junior 6'0 guard, Damon Brown, exploded to the hoop for some easy lay-ins and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. He tallied 12 of his 16 points in helping the Cougars build a 24-10 lead after the opening period.
The second quarter wasn't much better for Northview's defense as D.J. Brown, a 6'0 senior guard, made his eight-point second quarter look easy as he also grabbed four boards against the Knights.
"There is really no excuse to come out with that type of effort," Maesch said. "We didn't back in transition defense, we didn't rebound, we didn't close out on the shooters, we didn't execute offensively, we did nothing."
The Cougars lead grew to 44-25 at halftime as North went to its freshmen crew and the combination of Grant Sims, Tyler Truesdel and Saikou Jallow combined for 17 points in the first half alone.
The Knights' Trent Lancaster scored 15 of his 21 points before halftime to keep the game from getting completely out of hand before the break.
In the second half, the Cougars came out quickly with their starters as Sam Sheldon opened the scoring, Damon Brown followed a bucket by Lancaster with a fieldgoal and D.J. Brown knocked down a pair of free throws. Sims and Truesdel followed by nailing 3-pointers around a putback from Northview's Bryant Pestoff and D.J. Brown added a breakaway dunk to cap a 14-4 run to put the game out of reach at 58-29.
"You've got to be able to handle a little bit of success. We beat a pretty good team (on Saturday) and were feeling good about ourselves and we weren't mentally ready to come out against these guys," Maesch said. "You've got to hold onto the ball and we had 12 turnovers at halftime and were five-of-10 from the free throw line. Against this type of team, when you turn it over its two points. We tried to work on some things in the second half to get better for the remainder of the season."
In the second half, the Knights went to their bench and got five points from Dalton Rohr and a point apiece from Jordan VanHorn and Hunter Robertson.
"We've got a game Friday and between now and then we're going to get that intensity back," Maesch said. "That's about the only thing I can promise."
Northview also lost the junior varsity game by a 56-31 score despite 16 points from Craig Peters and six from Ethan Whitson.
The Knights drop to 6-8 overall and the Cougars improve to 6-5 this season. Northview travels to South Vermillion on Friday night.
Bloomington North (80)
Damon Brown 7-11 0-0 16, Sims 5-9 1-1 12, D.J. Brown 5-11 2-3 12, Horsley 2-5 0-0 5, Sheldon 1-2 0-0 2, Jallow 3-4 0-0 7, Burton 0-1 0-0 0, Truesdel 3-10 0-0 8, Bowlen 2-3 0-0 4, Curry 2-2 3-4 7, Brinegar 2-2 0-0 4, Ryan 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 33-64 6-8 80.
Hyatt 2-3 0-1 6, Lancaster 8-15 4-7 21, Mershon 2-7 0-2 6, Ninesling 0-1 0-0 0, Pestoff 1-2 0-0 2, Reynolds 1-4 4-6 6, Rohr 2-3 1-2 5, Robertson 0-1 1-2 1, Hull 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-37 11-22 48.
3-point fieldgoals -- BN 7-17 (Brown 2-4, Truesdel 2-5, Sims 1-2, Jallow 1-2, Ryan 1-3, Burton 0-1), Nv 5-11 (Hyatt 2-2, Lancaster 1-2, Mershon 2-6, Reynolds 0-1). Total Rebounds -- BN 33 (D.J. Brown 7, several with five), Nv 24 (Lancaster 4, Rohr 4, Hyatt 4). Total Fouls -- BN 21, Nv 12. Turnovers -- BN 9, Nv 18.