By MATT MCKINNEY
Times Staff Reporter
MONROVIA -- The Northview boys' varsity team pushed their record to 10-9 Saturday afternoon with a close, exciting win at Monrovia, 64-61.
The Knights leaped out to an early 10-2 lead midway through the first quarter due to Northview junior Dillon Reynolds.
Reynolds scored four of his six points in the team's opening run.
"We started off with a lot of fire, jumped up on them," Northview head coach Ernie Maesch said. "They were coming off a pretty tough defeat and I knew that Monrovia was not going to quit. They were going to give it everything they had."
Monrovia certainly didn't quit as it fought its way back to within five at 13-8 before Bulldogs' sophomore Jeremy Gray hit a buzzer-beating three, making the score 13-11 after the first quarter. Much to the chagrin of the Knights' fans, Monrovia rode that momentum into the second quarter. The Bulldogs scored ten of the first 12 points of the second period, including eight straight to open the quarter, until a Northview timeout got things back on track for the Knights.
Trent Lancaster came out of the timeout on fire as he scored the game's next six points. Lancaster ended with a team-high 24 points and six rebounds.
The score was tied 25-25 with seven seconds left in the first half, Monrovia looked to go into halftime deadlocked. However, Northview senior Caleb Mershon had other ideas as he connected on a three pointer to give the Knights a 28-25 lead at the half. Mershon finished the game with 12 points.
The third quarter gave the fans an offensive show. Both teams combined for 53 points in the first half. The teams scored a combined 43 points in the third quarter alone. Mershon scored nine of his 12 points in the quarter with a trio of three-pointers. Northview took a 50-46 lead to go into the game's final quarter.
With a lead in the fourth quarter, the Knights needed someone to step up and close out the game. That player turned out to be senior Jacob Musgrave.
Musgrave, who ended with 15 points, was a key defensive force in the game's final minutes, and scored seven points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Senior Hunter Robertson scored five points Saturday afternoon. Junior Jacob Ninesling contributed with two points in the win.
Northview's evened their season mark at 9-9 overall and visit Greencastle Tuesday with a 6 p.m. JV tip-off.
Hyatt 0-2 0-0 0, Reynolds 3-7 0-0 6, Lancaster 7-14 8-10 24, Mershon 4-6 0-0 12, Robertson 2-5 0-0 5, Ninesling 1-2 0-0 2, Musgrave 7-10 1-2 15. Totals: 24-49 9-12 64.
Benefiel 10-19 1-2 24, Bolton 3-4 0-1 7, Gray 1-2 0-0 3, Michel 0-1 0-0 0, McCleerey 2-8 0-0 4, Sowers 8-19 1-2 19. Totals: 26-56 2-5 61.
3-point field goals -- NV 7-11 (Reynolds 0-1, Lancaster 2-4, Mershon 4-5, Robertson 1-1), MV 5-15 (Benefiel 3-6, Bolton 1-2, Gray 1-2, McCleerey 0-5). Total Rebounds -- NV (Hyatt 4, Reynolds 1, Lancaster 6, Mershon 3, Robertson 5, Ninesling 2, Musgrave 4, Pestoff 1), MV (Benefiel 5, Sichting 1, Fite 2, Michel 2, McCleerey 3, Sowers 6). Total Turnovers -- NV 11, MV 8. Total Fouls -- Northview 8, Monrovia 14.