Times Sports Editor
The Northview Knights have been looking for a way to finish a game like they did on Friday night.
Despite a quick start behind a pair of 3-pointers from senior Dillon Reynolds and one from Craig Peters, the Knights fell behind 19-12 after the first quarter. The Patriots got seven points from 6'3 Josh Parker and three more from 6'5 Jansen Hight. Kaleb Oldham rained down a pair of his own 3-pointers to put the Patriots ahead after one period.
The Knights had trouble containing Parker in the first half as he tallied 13 of his 18 points before the intermission. However, Northview was able to go to its bench and got some quality minutes from 6'2 Chance Talbot, 6'5 Daniel Kimball and 6'4 sophomore Jim Mace, who had four points and two boards in his available minutes.
The Knights closed within 31-29 to end the first half and set up a tooth-and-nail battle in the second half.
Talbot started the third quarter with a tying bucket as part of his 11-point, 10-rebound contest. There would be six lead changes in the quarter as Kimball gave the Knights' a brief lead off a feed from Reynolds, but Parker responded with a 3-pointer to put Owen Valley back on top. Hight followed with a score to push the Patriots' lead to 36-33. Talbot got to the line for two free throws and Kimball added two more to put the Knights ahead 37-36.
The lead would continue to see-saw the rest of the quarter before High hit a baseline jumper to send Owen Valley into the final period with a 42-41 advantage.
Craig Peters nailed a 3-pointer for the Knights, but Owen Valley's Oldham responded with a trifecta. Reynolds then caught fire for the Knights with the first of two 3-pointers that gave Northview a 50-47 lead with 4:05 left in the game.
Maesch pointed to several of his seniors as key players in the Knights surge in the final period.
"I planned on starting Jimmy (Mace) in the second half, but he was out of quarters, but Chance came in there and played real well in the second half. He had a double-double and played great in the second half. Damon (Hyatt) and Dillon (Reynolds) controlled the game, Daniel Kimball was able to alter a lot of shots. It was just a really good team effort."
Following Reynolds' second 3-pointer, an Owen Valley turnover led to a baseline score by Talbot. Whitton answered with a score to get the Patriots within 52-49 with 2:23 left in the game.
Perhaps the biggest play came on a free throw as Talbot hit the first of two free throws, but missed the second. Reynolds rebounded the ball and then scored to push the lead to 55-49.
The Knights finished the quarter on a 17-3 run as Reynolds finished with a game-high 24 points followed by 10 from Peters and eight from Kimball.
"We only had seven turnovers and I told the guys, I think most of those were in the first half and if we quit turning the ball over and make our lay-ups we're going to beat people. We still missed quite a few lay-ups, but we still won. We've changed a few things, which has helped some of our post players out a little bit. We held them to (50) points, that's pretty good. We just need to keep getting better."
Northview improved to 4-6 overall and travels to Terre Haute South on Jan. 13.
Hyatt 1-8 0-1 2, Peters 3-5 1-2 10, Reynolds 7-10 6-6 24, Ninesling 1-1 0-0 2, Pestoff 0-0 0-0 0, King 0-1 0-0 0, Talbot 4-5 3-6 11, Mace 2-3 0-0 4, Kimball 3-5 2-2 8. Totals: 21-38 12-18 61.
Owen Valley (50)
Oldham 5-7 0-3 13, Rice 0-3 0-0 0, Whitton 2-5 0-1 5, Parker 7-11 3-3 18, Hight 6-10 2-5 14, Gilstrap 0-2 0-0 0, King 0-0 0-0 0, Sparks 0-2 0-0 0, Allen 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-43 5-9 50.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 7-11 (Peters 3-4, Reynolds 4-5, Hyatt 0-2), OV 5-16 (Oldham 3-4, Parker 1-2, Whitton 1-4, Allen 0-2, Sparks 0-2, Gilstrap 0-1, Rice 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 27 (Talbot 10, Reynolds 4), OV 17 (Parker 5, Hight 4). Team rebounds -- Nv 1, OV 2. Total Fouls -- Nv 11, OV 17. Turnovers -- Nv 7, OV 5.