For the Brazil Times
GREENCASTLE -- The Northview Knights stayed within striking distance of South Putnam on the road Thursday, but the host Eagles were able to knock down 15-of-17 free throws in the fourth quarter en route to a 60-54 win.
The Knights never held a lead in the ball game, but stayed within the two to five-point range behind South Putnam. They rallied in the first quarter, coming back from an 8-2 deficit to make it 8-6, but the Eagles ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 13-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Northview did the same in the second quarter, moving as close as two points at 18-16, but once again South Putnam was able to hit baskets when they needed them to keep their lead. The Knights outscored the Eagles 14-10 in the second, but trailed 23-20 when the team left the floor for halftime.
The third quarter played out much the same as the first two had, with South Putnam taking a 14-11 edge in the quarter and took a 37-31 lead into the final stanza.
The fourth quarter turned out to be the busiest of the night, as the Knights scored 23 points behind an eight-point performance by Dillon Reynolds. Jacob Ninesling added seven points in the final quarter, but for all the momentum Northview was able to build, South Putnam was with them every step of the way.
South Putnam shot 88 percent from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off a charging Knights' team. Northview cut the lead to two points, three times in the final two minutes of the game, but couldn't get any closer.
Craig Peters led the Knights with 12 points, with Ninesling and Reynolds adding 11 points each. Sawyer Arnold and Alex Kelly paced the Eagles with 16 points each.
The loss marks the first time since the 1995-96 season that South Putnam was able to come away with a win against Northview.
Northview will be back in action Saturday when it hosts Monrovia at 2:30 p.m.