Times Sports Editor
The Northview Knights played a rare "hump day" game Wednesday night and used it to snap a three-game losing funk by defeating visiting Greenwood by a 48-46 score.
The Knights twice built their second half lead to six points, once in each of the final two periods, but the Woodmen seemed to come up with a clutch 3-point each time to stay close in the game that came down to the final possession.
The Knights held a 48-44 after Dillon Reynolds hit 1-of-2 free throws with 2:31 remaining, but Greenwood's Raddell Waddy got his team within 48-46 with 2:05 left in the game. From that point, both teams traded turnovers, the final one a steal by Reynolds that led to Damon Hyatt being fouled with 1:13 left in the game.
However, Hyatt missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity and Greenwood played for the game's final shot.
Following a pair of timeouts, Greenwood's Darryl Peterson and Connor Morris each missed potential game-winning 3-pointers before the Knights got the final rebound and the victory.
"A win is a win, we're not going to give it back," Northview coach Ernie Maesch joked.
The fact that the Knights were able to win in a contest in which the Woodmen limited the Knights' leading scorer in Reynolds, just two field goals, was what made Maesch happy following the game.
"I told the coaches, Dillon (Reynolds) only scored five points and we still won. So that's a total team effort. We missed a lot of bunnies and I don't know how many times we missed a lay-up and (Greenwood) went down and hit a 3-pointer. A five-point play when we were up five or six points. Several times we maybe could have gotten it out of reach and (those) shots kept them in the game."
An excellent stretch of pressure defense put the Knights ahead 38-32 in the third quarter as a runner by Craig Peters and a free throw by Bryant Pestoff set the table. Reynolds stole the ball near mid-court and fed Hyatt for a lay-in and another Greenwood turnover led to a pair of free throws for Hyatt, who had a game-high 14 points. The 7-0 erased what had been a 32-31 lead by Greenwood and sent the Knights into the fourth quarter holding a 40-35 lead following a 3-pointer from Waddy and two free throws by Hyatt to end the period.
In the final quarter, Jacob Ninesling, who had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, scored and the Knights had a chance to stretch the lead the following possession, but Reynolds missed a contested lay-up. Greenwood made the chance pay off as Morris knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game to get his team back within 42-38.
Northview nursed a small lead until Greenwood got back-to-back scores sandwiched around a Knights' turnover.
Patterson scored his 10th point of the game and an offensive foul on the Knights' Chance Talbot returned the ball to Greenwood as Waddy hit a short, baseline jumper to get the Woodmen within 45-44. However, Ninesling came up with a big bucket and a steal by Reynolds led to a free throw and a 48-44 lead that Greenwood couldn't quite overcome.
"Greenwood was very patient. They kept the ball game where they wanted to, in the low 40's. We're happy to get the win. I thought Jacob Ninesling and Jimmy Mace did a nice job getting some big rebounds for us late. On Friday night (against Sullivan) we're going to need a better effort out of everybody. We need to finish some plays."
Craig Peters had 10 points for the Knights and Hyatt had five rebounds to go with his point total.
In the junior varsity contest, the Knights rolled to a 49-24 victory as Joe Ball had 13 points and Christian Ellis poured in 12. Daniel Kimball added six and Mark Underwood had five points.
The Knights (5-9 overall) travel to Sullivan for a boy/girl doubleheader on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Hyatt 4-10 4-5 14, Peters 3-7 4-4 10, Reynolds 2-9 1-2 5, Talbot 1-2 0-0 2, Ninesling 4-6 0-0 8, Ball 1-1 0-0 3, Hakman 0-0 0-0 0, Mace 2-3 1-2 5, Pestoff 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 17-38 11-15 48.
Morris 4-10 0-0 11, Hornbeak 1-5 0-0 2, Peterson 4-9 0-0 9, Baughman 1-6 2-2 4, Rawlins 0-2 0-0 0, Waddy 3-7 2-2 10, Patterson 5-7 0-0 10, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-47 4-5 46.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 3-10 (Hyatt 2-4, Ball 1-1, Peters 0-2, Reynolds 0-3), Gw 6-14 (Morris 3-5, Waddy 2-3, Peterson 1-3, Mitchell 0-1, Hornbeak 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 21 (Hyatt 5, Ninesling 4), Gw 28 (Baughman 7, Patterson 5). Team Rebounds -- Nv 4, Gw 2. Total Fouls -- Nv 7, Gw 12. Turnovers -- Nv 9, Gw 12.