Times Sports Editor
Three Northview seniors knew exactly what it was like to feel the sting of close losses to rival West Vigo in boy's basketball. A seven-point loss last year, a two-point loss the year before and a one-point defeat as freshmen. All told, Northview had dropped four straight contests to the Vikings.
On Friday night, they were able to wash those thoughts away as Northview used a 23-9 run to end the first half and a 10-2 burst to start the second half on the way to a 64-50 victory at home.
The Knights actually fell behind 8-0 to start the game as Kyle Stewart hit a pair of 3-pointers to get West Vigo rolling quickly. However, the Knights scored the final seven points of the quarter on a 3-pointer by Craig Peters and buckets by Christian Ellis and Travis Hakman.
Ellis was part of a crucial bench group that sparked the Knights' run to end the first half.
Joe Ball and Hakman knocked down 3-points for the Knights and Devin Clark drilled a long range shot and ended the half with his own 5-0 run for a 23-17 Northview lead.
Nine of the Knights' 16 points in the second quarter came from players off the bench.
"That's the thing for us, the last game at Brown County and tonight, we were able to get a great mixture of guys coming in and that's just going to make us better and better," Northview coach Clint Weddle said of his bench play. "The good thing was to see all the guys believing in each other."
"I was so proud of him coming in to start the third quarter with how patient he was," Weddle said of Clark. "He didn't force anything to start the third quarter and he made some great basketball plays, made a great back cut to end the first half. He really gave us a lot of energy off the bench."
After a score by Stewart got the Vikings within 23-19, Ellis knocked home a 3-pointer, Craig Peters followed with a scooping shot and 6'5 Daniel Kimball scored off an offensive rebound to force a Viking timeout.
After the break, Peters followed it up with a 3-pointer and the lead had ballooned to 33-19.
A 3-pointer by Adrien Corenflos, who had 14 for the Vikings, briefly broke the Knights' momentum. However, Jim Mace added a pair of buckets and finished the quarter with a turnaround jumper and a 44-28 lead for the Knights.
When the dust had settled, the Knights had outscored West Vigo 21-11 in the quarter and outrebounded the Vikings 13-4 in the period.
"We challenged them before the game, our goal was to outrebound (West Vigo) by 16 rebounds and I think tonight it was 15 and we had to fight for every one we got," Weddle said.
With a double-figure lead, West Vigo tried to push the tempo a bit, which worked on the offensive end, but also allowed the Knights easy scores in transition.
The Vikings clawed back within 46-35 off a 3-pointer by Aaron Kirby and a score by Stewart off a turnover. However, Kimball answered with a bucket and Clark finished off an assist by Peters as the lead jumped back to 15 points.
West Vigo would get within 11 points twice more in the waning minutes, but the Knights had the answer each time, hitting 9-of-14 from the field in the quarter and 54-percent (27-of-50) for the game.
Peters led the team with 13 points followed by Mace's 10 and eight from Kimball. Ellis provided seven and both Ethan Whitson and Joe Ball had six.
The Knights (2-2 overall, 2-0 WIC) host Edgewood on Friday in a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.
West Vigo (50)
Stewart 5-13 4-4 17, West 0-0 0-0 0, Kirby 5-14 1-5 12, Lindsey 1-5 2-2 4, A.Corenflos 4-11 2-2 14, Cardinal 0-0 0-2 0, Stockbarger 1-6 0-0 2, Wilson 0-0 1-2 1, Daley 0-0 0-0 0, Wilkinson 0-0 0-0 0, H.Corenflos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-49 10-17 50.
Peters 4-8 3-4 13, Ball 2-5 0-0 6, Hakman 2-6 0-0 5, Whitson 3-6 0-1 6, Mace 5-7 0-0 10, Tanoos 0-1 0-0 0, Clark 3-4 0-0 7, Ellis 3-8 0-0 7, Kimball 4-4 0-0 8, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Ragan 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 27-50 3-4 64.
3-point fieldgoals -- WV 8-24 (Stewart 3-7, A.Corenflos 4-9, Kirby 1-5, Lindsay 0-1), Nv 7-15 (Peters 2-2, Ball 2-4, Clark 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Hakman 1-3, Whitson 0-1). Total Rebounds -- WV 22 (A.Corenflos 8), Nv 38 (Whitson 6, Kimball 6, Mace 5, Tanoos 5). Total Fouls -- WV 10, Nv 18. Turnovers -- WV 13, Nv 16.