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Knights' freshmen roll to WIC runner-up finish

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nick McCollum (No. 53) boxes out a West Vigo defender. [Order this photo]
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The Northview freshmen boys' basketball team had a strong run through the Western Indiana Conference basketball tourney recently and came away with a runner-up finish.

The Knights opened the tournament with a wild, double overtime victory against Edgewood as Northview rallied back from multiple deficits to force the extra session.

The Knights fell behind the Mustangs 17-9 after the opening quarter and played match up the rest of the way. Northview trailed 39-31 heading into the fourth quarter, but held the Mustangs to just six points in the pivotal stanza. The Knights meanwhile fought their way back to knot the game with 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Both teams scored four points as the game went into a second overtime where the Knights pulled away with a seven-point period to gain the win and advancement into the semifinals of the WIC Tourney.

Jacob Harden poured in 17 points to lead the team with Gabe Rogers adding 14 for the Knights. Seth Payton added 12 in the win as Gaddis Baysinger scored nine.

In round two, Northview dominated the middle two quarters in grabbing a 40-30 victory against Owen Valley.

The Knights got off to another slow start in the contest, trailing 9-4 at the first stop. Northview began its rally in the second quarter by outscoring the Patriots 10-2 and continued that momentum after halftime, extending a 14-11 advantage to double-digits at 26-16 on the way to the victory.

The Knights' Gaddis Baysinger (No. 3) scored a combined 18 points in Northview's opening two WIC wins. [Order this photo]
Harden led a balanced scoring effort from the team with 13 points. He knocked down 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. Baysinger had nine in the win followed by eight from Rogers and six from Devin McCullum.

In the championship game against West Vigo, the Vikings were able to hold off the Knights by a 36-30 score to claim the WIC title.

Harden had 10 points, Rogers tallied eight and Keegan Roembke had five.

Northview finished out its freshmen season with a 9-11 mark overall.

Western Indiana Conference Tourney


Game one



Owen Valley92514-30


West Vigo98415-36