Times Sports Editor
The Sullivan Golden Arrows are just one of those teams that seem to have Northview's number of late. That streak continued on Friday night as the visiting Arrows came away with a 46-34 victory in a defensive battle on Homecoming.
The win was Sullivan's fourth straight in the series and was the Arrows seventh consecutive win this year.
The Knights got just the kind of defensive effort that they have been lacking in several losses earlier in the season, most notably against Owen Valley in a conference match-up. Northview held Sullivan to just 32-percent shooting in the game (14-of-44) and forced 16 turnovers. However, on this particular evening, the offense could never get untracked.
Neither team was particularly sharp early on, combining for seven turnovers over the opening 4:15 of the game. However, Sullivan was making the most of the chances it had while the Knights hit just 2-of-12 over that span. Not surprisingly, Sullivan had gotten out to a 17-5 lead with 2:55 left in the quarter.
"I thought we didn't do anything offensively in the first half because we had opportunities there that we just weren't able to take advantage of and you probably aren't going to get those very often against those guys," Northview coach Clint Weddle said.
The second period was better on the offensive end for the Knights as Criag Peters tallied four points, but Northview got just two points from their post players in the opening half and trailed 17-11.
Sullivan's Nathan Pirtle proved to be a thorn in the collective sides of the Knights in the third period. Each time Northview began to gain a bit of momentum, the sophomore knocked home a 3-pointer.
A bucket by Craig Peters and a steal and free throw from Peter Tanoos got Northview within 22-17, but Michael Hutchcraft scored two free throws and Pirtle drained a 3-pointer. Tanoos followed with another hoop, but there was Pirtle once again with a trey from the corner for a 30-19 Sullivan lead.
Defensive pressure began to spark the Knights late in the quarter as Northview went to a full court press and got a pair of free throws from Ethan Whitson, a steal and a driving lay-in by Travis Hakman to end the quarter down 33-27.
"Defensively we did a great job. Coach Goff and all of our assistants put in something a little different this week for us and it worked perfectly," Weddle said. "I thought our guys did a great job of talking across the board on the defensive end."
While Northview had gained some momentum heading into the final period, Sullivan wouldn't let the Knights get over the hump.
Free throws from Whitson, who had 11 points and seven rebounds, got his team within 37-30, but the Arrows got a free throw from Brooks Weszely and a lay-in by Hutchcraft off an inbounds pass with 1:59 remaining.
The Knights would get within 40-32 after a score by Hakman, but Sullivan finished the game out by hitting 6-of-8 at the free throw line.
"I thought allowing 46 points is awesome defensively," Weddle said. "It was our offense. Regardless of making runs, offensively we have to be able to get to that number because defensively they did a great, great job."
Northview drops to 6-10 overall, 2-2 WIC, and will travels to Plainfield on Feb. 2.
Tanos 1-3 1-2 3, Peters 3-4 2-2 8, Ellis 1-2 0-0 3, Whitson 2-8 7-9 11, Mace 1-2 0-0 2, Ball 0-3 1-3 1, Clark 1-4 0-0 2, Hakman 2-3 0-0 4, Kimball 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 11-37 11-16 34.
N.Pirtle 3-6 0-0 9, Gregory 1-4 3-4 5, Kinnaman 2-12 3-4 7, Hutchcraft 2-4 2-2 6, Weszely 4-10 2-6 12, King 0-1 0-0 0, Willis 1-3 2-2 5, McPhail 0-1 0-0 0, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 14-44 12-18 46.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-14 (Peters 0-5, Ellis 1-2, Ball 0-2, Hakman 0-1, Whitson 0-1), SL 6-15 (Pirtle 3-5, Willis 1-2, Weszely 2-5, Gregory 0-1, King 0-1, McPhail 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 25 (Whitson 7, Mace 5), SL 35 (Kinnaman 6, Weszely 5, Willis 5). Total Fouls -- Nv 16, SL 13. Turnovers -- Nv 18, SL 16.