Times Sports Editor
It might have taken more than three weeks to officially put the 'W' in the win column for the Northview boys' basketball team, but a win is a win.
The Knights won the resumption of a Western Indiana Conference game that was postponed at halftime due to a Jan. 20 ice storm that hit the area. The game resumed at halftime as the Knights led 35-25 and Northview was able to pull away late to seal a 63-48 victory against visiting South Vermillion.
Not surprisingly, both teams were a little rusty as the game resumed in the third quarter.
"It was a month halftime or something like that. Both teams came out and played ugly early," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "Nobody could hold onto the ball. They just didn't have a feel for it. Mentally I think it was a little bit difficult for both teams."
Northview had taken a 10-point lead into halftime as Dillon Reynolds poured in 13 points before halftime. Craig Peters had added seven for the Knights.
As the game started, both teams turned the ball over a couple of times in the early going before 3-pointers by Reynolds and Joe Ball got the Knights rolling.
"I thought once we were a little patient, we got the hang of it. We got some really good shots," Maesch said.
South Vermillion also got untracked and closed the gap on a 3-pointer by Kam Weyrauch and seven of 6'5 senior Patrick Harpenauh's team-high 17 points in the third period.
"He's a tough match-up. The Harpenau kid can play in and out," Maesch said of the Wildcats' senior. "He's got good size. He's one of those stretch four guys that these mid-majors have that are good. He's a hard match-up. You can't put a '5' guy on him because he can drive you and shoot and you can't put your '4' guy because most of them can't guard him underneath. He's a nice player."
South Vermillion's Josh Vaughan had just two points through the opening three quarters, but got hot late with back-to-back jumpers and a 3-pointer. The Wildcats clawed back within 56-46 after a third 3-pointer from Ball.
"We're going to shot fake more inside and make more of those. Joe Ball did an excellent job, he's going to be an excellent player for this program. He knocked down three big 3-pointers and give us a cushion. South Vermillion plays hard and gets up and down the court. We're glad to get out of here with a victory."
Reynolds scored off an offensive rebound to cap a 21-point game as the Knights put the finishing touches on a 4-2 WIC mark and an 8-13 overall record in the regular season.
The win propels the Knights into Tuesday's opening round sectional match-up at home against Terre Haute North.
"It's definitely better to play a little bit rather than not at all," Maesch said of the pre-sectional tune-up. "We're going to have to do some more scrimmaging before the (Terre Haute) North game. You try to relate opponents to opponents, but what (South Vermllion) is going to do is not similar to what North is going to do to us. We want to win a sectional and beat Terre Haute North and that's what we prepared for. We've got the home court advantage and that's big in the sectional."
The Knights would close strong as Mark Underwood scored all six of his points in the third quarter. The Knights held South Vermillion to just two points, but Ian Heffner had a pair of field goals for the Knights.
Northview cruised to a 42-25 victory as Newton led the team with seven points. Underwood, Ellis and Jeremy Maffioli each had six points.
Hyatt 1-8 2-3 5, Peters 4-12 1-2 10, Reynolds 9-16 0-3 21, Talbot 1-4 0-1 2, Ninesling 3-9 0-0 6, Pestoff 2-3 0-0 4, Ball 3 0-0 9, Hakman 0-0 0-0 0, Mace 3-6 0-0 6, Kimball 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-63 3-9 63.
S. Vermillion (48)
Weyrauch 4-13 0-0 10, Lawson 1-6 0-0 3, Branz 1-2 0-0 2, Vaughn 5-8 0-2 11, Harpenau 8-17 0-1 17, Waldrop 1-1 1-2 3, Morgan 1-4 0-0 2, Spivey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 24-52 1-5 48.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 8-21 (Hyatt 1-5, Peters 1-6, Ball 3-3, Reynolds 3-7), SV 5-21 (Weyrauch 2-6, Spivey 0-1, Lawson 1-3, Branz 0-1, Morgan 0-2, Vaughan 1-2, Harpenau 1-6). Total Rebounds -- Nv 37 (Reynolds 9, Talbot 5, Hyatt 5, Ninesling 6), SV 29 (Harpenau 8). Total Fouls -- Nv 12, SV 10. Turnovers -- Nv 11, SV 12.