Times Sports Editor
It's hard to believe that just days ago, Bloomington North was in a bit of a shooting slump, coming off a 37-percent shooting performance in an overtime loss to Martinsville on Friday evening.
Tuesday night, the Cougars torched the nets at a 59-percent (33-of-56) clip overall and hit 45-percent (10-of-22) from 3-point range on the way to an 83-45 victory over the Knights.
"They are a very good basketball team in every facet of the game," Northview coach Clint Weddle said. "I thought, from end to end, they had a number of players that made good decisions. They spread it around on who was getting down the floor."
Bloomington North flew out of the gate with a 13-0 run to start the contest as Grant Sims knocked down all three of his 3-pointers in the opening period and Tyler Truesdel added a pair for a 21-6 lead at the first stop.
The Knights had problems with the Cougars' quickness at nearly every position, but especially at the guard position. North's 6'3 Saikou Jallow penetrated for a pair of early lay-ins and sophomore Ken Montgomery was a pest while defending the ball up top.
Northview finally got untracked a bit offensively in the second period as Craig Peters scored six of his 12 points, Peter Tanoos added a 3-pointer and the Knights got five points from its front court trio of Ethan Whitson, Daniel Kimball and Jim Mace.
However, the Cougars were ratcheting up its transition game and used it to get several quick hoops with Sims adding seven more of his 18 points. North's lead grew to 42-20 as the Cougars had hit 50 percent of their shots before halftime.
Each short rally the Knights made was answered with another burst by the Cougars.
Peters started the second half with a 3-pointer and Tanoos added a lay-up off a turnover, but Truesel followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and added a lay-in for a quick 8-0 run and a 50-25 lead.
Whitson followed with a bucket and a three-point play, but a jumper from Jallow and a lay-up off a turnover lead to a 6-0 answering run by North.
Weddle noted how good North's transition game was and the peril that it presented for the Knights.
"We were sending one back in that scenario so you either have to get it stopped at their end or get it stopped at your end with the basketball," Weddle said. "Unfortunately, they just did a tremendous job of closing both of those gaps out."
After the Knights had gotten within 51-30 midway through the third period, North essentially closed out the threat with a quarter ending 18-4 run to go up 69-34 heading into the final period.
The Knights got 12 points and five rebounds from Whitson and six from Tanoos.
The loss is Northview's sixth in a row heading into a conference match-up on Friday night at South Vermillion.
"I think playing the people we have played, obviously, really gives us an eye opener on avenues that we are going to have to improve," Weddle said. "As far as level of competition, the rest of our schedule will be a very strong one. We'll have to continue to stick together as a basketball team and I know we will."
In the freshman game, Sam Grimes tied the game in regulation with a short jumper and would win it with an offensive rebound and a put back for a 41-39 Knights' win.
Grimes had 14 along with Quinn Hayes with Nathan Thomas adding six, Cameron Brown had four and Alec Tanoos posted three.
In the JV contest, North won a 51-18 decision, outscoring the Knights 31-5 in the second half. Nate Newton had six points and Kelly Hawkins had five.
Tanoos 2-5 1-2 6, Peters 4-9 1-2 12, Ellis 1-4 0-1 2, Whitson 4-11 3-6 12, Mace 1-4 3-6 5, Clark 0-1 0-0 0, Hakman 1-3 0-1 2, Kimball 0-1 2-4 2, Ball 0-7 1-2 1, Ragan 0-0 0-0 0, Harden 0-0 0-0 0, Newton 0-0 2-2 2, Underwood 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 13-45 14-29 45.
Bloomington North (83)
Montgomery 1-1 0-0 2, Sims 6-9 2-3 18, Jallow 7-11 2-4 16, Truesdel 9-19 0-0 24, Bloom 1-1 1-2 3, Sowder 5-11 0-0 12, Ludwig 1-1 0-0 2, Basye 2-2 0-0 4, Rhodenbaugh 0-1 0-0 0, Lucas 1-2 0-1 2, Treadway 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 33-56 5-10 83.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 5-20 (Peters 3-7, Tanoos 1-1, Whitson 1-2, Ball 0-5, Ellis 0-2, Hakman 0-2, Clark 0-1), BN 10-22 (Truesdel 6-11, Sims 2-5, Sowder 2-4, Jallow 0-1, Lucas 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 35 (Tanoos 6, Whitson 5), BN 32 (Ludwig 8, Bloom 6). Total Fouls -- Nv 14, BN 25. Turnovers -- Nv 19, BN 13.