Times Sports Editor
Consistency has been an elusive quality for the Northview boys' basketball team this season and on Saturday afternoon, another potential win escaped its grasp as Monrovia rallied for a 58-56 overtime victory.
The Knights built a solid 33-24 lead at halftime by doing the things that the team has done when it has come out a winner six times this season. Northview got the ball inside to the post as Bryant Pestoff had four points and Jim Mace had four of his six points. Point guard Dillon Reynolds had 11 of his game-high 16 points as well.
However, in the second half, Monrovia began to chip away at the Northview lead as Logan Fite knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and had 11 of his 13 points after intermission. A fourth quarter long ball from Zach Sowers knotted the score at 50-all for the Bulldogs. He added a go-ahead jumper with 2:20 remaining in regulation, but Northview senior Jacob Ninesling answered with a leaner to tie the game at 52-all.
The Knights had a chance to win the game in regulation after Damon Hyatt was fouled with seven seconds remaining, but he missed both shots and the game went to an extra session.
Hyatt would make up for his fourth quarter misses by starting the overtime by hitting a pair to go with a single free throw by Craig Peters for a 55-52 Knights' lead. However, it was Sowers again to answer as his jumper got the Bulldogs within 55-54. Reynolds added a free throw for the Knights for a small cushion.
Sowers would miss the front end of a 1-and-1 situation from the line with 44 seconds left, but Monrovia got the offensive rebound and Sowers scored the tying lay-in.
Northview missed out on a chance to regain the lead with 23 seconds left, missing another free throw as Monrovia got the ball and called a timeout with nine seconds left in OT.
Northview hasn't won back-to-back games this season and drops to 6-12 overall with a Tuesday game at home against Greencastle.
"We'd played a really good game. We did the early things that you need to do to win a game. I was proud of our guys," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "But we had the inability to finish little things. I thought throughout the game we got the ball inside, scored points and didn't just settle for 3-pointers. We played good defense and created points with our defense. At the end though, we have to make plays, make lay-ups and box out on the defensive end. We didn't do those things and we didn't get a victory."
The junior varsity and freshmen teams did come away with victories however as the JV rolled to a 67-52 victory led by a 17-point game from Nate Newton. Sophomore Tyler Rector added 14 points, Daniel Kimball added 10, Christian Ellis had eight and Mark Underwood added six.
In the freshman contest, the Knights earned a 36-27 victory led by 10 points from Jacob Harden and five from Gabe Rogers.
Hyatt 1 2-4 4, Reynolds 6 3-7 16, Talbot 3 2-5 8, Ninesling 2 0-0 4, Pestoff 1 2-2 4, Peters 2 1-2 5, Mace 3 0-0 6, Ball 4 0-0 9. Totals: 22 10-20 56.
Benefiel 5 0-0 12, Gray 1 2-2 5, Sichting 1 0-0 3, Fite 5 0-1 13, Casteel 3 2-2 10, Bolton 1 2-2 4, Dunbal 0 0-0 0, Sowers 4 1-3 9, Sampson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 7-10 58.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 2 (Reynolds, Ball), Mn 8 (Casteel 2, Fite 2, Benefiel 2, Gray 1, Sichting 1).
Next game: Northview (6-12 overall) hosts Greencastle on Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m.