Times Sports Editor
SPENCER -- The Owen Valley Patriots pulled off one of the more improbable comebacks of the early portion of the season, rallying from an 18-point deficit to knock off Northview in overtime, 72-67 on Friday night.
The Knights, fresh off watching their female counterparts lose a heartbreaker at the buzzer, appeared as if they were in no mood to see the same happen to them. The Northview boys got two 3-pointers apiece from Craig Peters and Joe Ball in the first quarter and forced four Patriot turnovers in flying out to a 20-2 lead to end the period.
Game over right? The Patriots had other ideas.
As well as Northview played over the opening eight minutes, it was the Patriots that turned the tables starting with their defensive pressure.
The Knights turned the ball over eight times in the second period and Nolan King ripped off a pair from long range as part of a 10-point quarter. Senior Josh Parker began to heat up after being held without a point in the opening period. The 6'3 forward scored eight points as Owen Valley closed to within 29-24 at halftime and the chase was on.
Northview appeared a bit stunned by the Owen Valley run and in the third period, Parker officially caught fire.
The Patriots continued to find the senior in a variety of ways and Northview was unable to get him stopped.
At one point, Parker scored 18 of his team's 22 points between the third and fourth periods and his three-point play with 5:59 left in the game tied the contest at 45-all.
In Northview's defense, the Knights didn't back down as Peters nailed a 3-pointer and two free throws from Ethan Whitson and a trifecta from Travis Hakman looked like it might derail Owen Valley's surge.
Leading 53-46, the Knights saw Parker add a pair of free throws and a turnaround jumper by Casey Roberts got Owen Valley within 54-50. Back-to-back turnovers by the Knights led to a free throw from Evan Wood and a 3-pointer from the sophomore that tied the game at 54-apiece.
As the game went to the wire, Hakman gave his team a 59-56 lead with 45 seconds left. The Knights got the ball back following a Patriot miss, but threw the ball away to leave Owen Valley one last shot.
A flurry of missed shots followed, but rather than allow Owen Valley a chance at a tying 3-pointer, Northview fouled Nolan King with 1.8 seconds left. The junior hit the first one and purposely missed the second. The Knights failed to block him out and he gathered in the miss and sank the putback to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, the Knights led 61-59 after a bucket by Mace, but Dillan Hege sank a 3-pointer for the Patriots. Hakman tied the game one last time with a free throw, but Hege answered with two from the charity stripe and Cameron King added a lay-in to put Owen Valley in the winner's column.
Peters led the Knights with 14 points followed by 13 from Ball, 11 from Hakman and 10 from Mace.
Due to deadline constraints, Northview coach Clint Weddle was not interviewed.
The Knights drop to 5-5 overall, 3-1 in the WIC, and host Terre Haute South on Friday night.
At Owen Valley
Peters 4-10 3-4 14, Ball 4-9 1-2 13, Hakman 3-5 3-4 11, Whitson 2-5 2-2 6, Mace 4-5 2-8 10, Tanoos 1-3 0-0 2, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Ellis 0-3 1-2 1, Kimball 3-5 1-2 7, Ragan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-45 13-24 67.
Owen Valley (72)
N.King 5-9 3-4 15, Hunter 1-4 0-2 2, Wood 1-5 3-4 6, Parker 10-17 8-10 28, Roberts 3-9 3-4 9, Hege 1-3 3-4 6, M.Mahoney 0-1 0-0 0, B.Mahoney 0-0 0-0 0, Daffron 1-3 0-0 2, C.King 1-2 2-2 4. Totals: 23-53 22-30 72.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 9-16 (Peters 3-5, Ball 4-6, Hakman 2-2, Tanoos 0-1, Whitson 0-1), OV 4-19 (Hege 1-3, N.King 2-2, Wood 1-5, C.King 0-1, Parker 0-3, Roberts 0-5). Total Rebounds -- Nv 34 (Mace 11), OV 25 (Parker 8). Team rebounds -- Nv 4, OV 4. Total Fouls -- Nv 26, OV 23. Fouled out -- Nv (Kimball, Whitson, Hakman), OV (Parker, Roberts). Turnovers -- Nv 22, OV 10.