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Northview comes up short in sectional play

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Northview's Damon Hyatt gets ready to pull up for a shot in Tuesday's sectional loss to Terre Haute North. Hyatt scored 10 points, which included two three-pointers.
Northview's boys basketball season ended Tuesday night, after a Sectional 12 loss to Terre Haute North, 62-51.

It was a defensive game through the first three minutes of the opening quarter, as the Patriots took an early 4-2 lead with five minutes to play.

With 4:50 to go in the quarter the Knights' Dillon Reynolds tied the game at four apiece.

However, that was the closest the Knights would get in the first quarter as Terre Haute North's Matt O'Leary scored seven of his game high 20 in the period.

By the end of the first the Patriots were leading 17-10.

In the second quarter, the Patriots continued to build on their lead.

With 5:13 in the quarter the Patriots took a 22-12 advantage on a lay-up by Calvin Blank.

On the Knights' next possession, after a timeout, Northview responded with a three from Damon Hyatt, which brought his team within seven, 22-15.

The Knights were able to keep the game from getting out of hand in the second quarter with their three pointers.

Reynolds lead the way for the Knights in the second quarter with two threes, while Hyatt and Joe Ball each had one.

At halftime, the Knights found themselves down 32-24.

The third quarter proved to be the Knights best offensive quarter, as they pulled within striking distance multiple times.

With 4:57 to play in the third quarter, Hyatt connected on a three, which brought the Knights within three, 34-31.

Northview continued to battle, and with three minutes to play in the quarter they were able to pull within three off a three pointer by Craig Peters, 40-37.

With two minutes to go in the quarter, the Knights' Daniel Kimball connected on one of two free throws pulling his team within two, 40-38.

However, with 1:45 in the third, the Patriots responded with a three-point play from O'Leary, pushing the lead to 43-38.

The Patriots continued to pull away in the waning moments of the quarter, and got three points off a buzzer beating shot from Casey Vickers, which gave his team a 48-40 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Patriots played with a double-digit lead most of the fourth quarter and Northview was never able to recover, and the final was 62-51.

Northview coach Ernie Measch said he thought his team played well defensively.

"I thought they played as well defensively as we've played all year," Measch said. "We really prepared hard for Terre Haute North. We didn't feel like we could (play) zone (defense against) them very much, or trap them because they have too many shooters."

Measch said he tried to play man defense, and noted that the Patriot's Matt O'Leary was difficult to guard.

Offensively, Measch said he wanted his team to capitalize off of Terre Haute North's mistakes.

"We didn't want the score to get that high," Measch said, "but we wanted to make them play defense for long periods of time and basically try to score off their mistakes, for them pressuring us too hard or trapping us, we thought that's where we would create our shots."

For the most part we didn't panic when we got down 10 ... I thought we executed offensively really well. I thought we were hard to guard, and I'm really proud of our guys tonight"

Northview got solid production from seniors Dillon Reynolds and Damon Hyatt, who scored 16 and 10 respectively.

Northview coach Ernie Measch praised his seniors for their effort this year.

"We've got a great bunch of seniors, the nicest kids I've ever coached," Measch said. "They had to deal with injuries ... they've kept great attitudes and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world."

At Northview

4A Boys Varsity Basketball Sectional 12

Terre Haute North (62)

Jahn 0 0-0 0, Vickers 1 0-0 3, Low 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Dillahunt 0 0-0 0, O'Leary 7 5-6 20, Schenck 0 0-0 0, Hart 0 0-0 0, Lewis 3 0-0 6, Sponsler 5 1-2 14, Grady 2 0-0 4, Blank 6 1-4 15. Totals 24 7-13 62.

Northview (51)

Hyatt 3 2-3 10, Reynolds 6 2-2 16, Peters 2 3-5 8, Clark 0 0-0 0, Talbot 1 1-2 3, Hakman 0 0-0 0, Ninesling 3 0-0 6, Pestoff 0 0-2 0, Kimball 0 1-2 1, Mace 2 0-0 4, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Ball 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 9-16 51.

Terre Haute North 17 15 16 14-62

Northview 10 14 16 11-51

3-point field goals- TH 7 (Vickers 1, O'Leary 1, Sponsler 3, Blank 2) NV 6 (Hyatt 2, Reynolds 2, Peters 1, Ball 1)

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