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Northview edges BG boys, 56-55 (12-20-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by MIKE GODFREY, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 23:10
Northview’s Conner Hartnett (14) takes a shot as Bowling Green’s LaMonta’ Stone (11) defends and Mitchell Gardner (25) watches. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
SYLVANIA — David versus Goliath played out again as Northview (David) stunned Bowling Green (Goliath) in a gutty, never-say-die 56-55 battle Thursday.
Picked to challenge for the Northern Lakes League title this season, Bowling Green, now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the NLL, let a Wildcat team, that features no starter over 6-foot-1 and picked near the bottom of the league, out-transition them, commit fewer turnovers (9-14), and win the offensive boards (12-8). PHOTO GALLERY
On top of that, Northview (4-2,1-2) shot just 5-of-31 from the field in the first half, trailed by 14 points in the second quarter, and never led until junior guard Adam Downing converted a transition layup with 18.6 seconds left in the game. The basket came less than five seconds after BG misfired on the front-end of a one-and-one free throw.
“We talked about being relentless,” said Northview coach Terry Shadle. “These kids play as hard as any team we’ve had.”
“They just beat us down the floor right there — immediately,” said BG coach Von Graffin. “The only time they led the whole night was at the end.
“We gave up more transition baskets to Northview tonight than we did to (Huber Heights) Wayne. Can you tell me they (Northview) are better athletes? They just came at us, came at us, came at us (in the second half). Maybe this will be a little bit of a wake-up call.”
After Downing’s basket, BG opted to play without calling time-out. A 3-pointer from the corner, which would have won the game, was off the mark as time expired.
“We knew what to do,” said Graffin. “We attacked nice. We got a good look.”
With BG’s 6-8 Vitto Brown, who led all scorers and rebounders with 26 points and 17 boards, tallying 10 points in the opening quarter, BG pounced to a 14-2 advantage less than six minutes into the game. The Bobcats settled for a 20-9 bulge after a first quarter. BG’s defense held the Wildcats to just 4-of-17 from the field.
“We just couldn’t throw it in the ocean,” said Shadle whose team went on to miss its first 12 field goal attempts in the second period before Mark Bernsdorff nailed a triple just 22 seconds before the half ended.
The Bobcat’s second quarter, 2-of-13 from the floor with four turnovers, was equally ugly and allowed Northview to fight back from 25-11 deficit. BG didn’t score the last 4:15 of the second quarter and took a 25-18 edge into the break.
“We executed well at times, but not all the time,” said Graffin. “We kind of play in spurts.”
With five minutes left in the third quarter, BG still led 30-23. From that point on, Northview, which attacked the rim all night and tightened their zone defense in the second half, put together a closing 14-7 spurt to tie the game at 37-all with 1:19 left. Brown answered with a Christian Lattnear-like basket at the buzzer. While the Bobcats had a 39-37 lead, momentum was clearly on Northview’s side.
If not for sophomore Mitchell Gardner scoring eight of his 11 points on the night in the third quarter, Northview may have taken control.
“I thought Mitchell Gardner had a nice coming out party tonight,” praised Graffin. “(He) shot the ball real well.”
“We just talked about a little more ball pressure ... and tried to stop their sight of vision,” said Shadle.
“They sat in that zone,” said Graffin whose team had seven third quarter turnovers. “We were a little careless with it to say the least. As small as they were, they still made it tough on them (Brown and Nolan Dill).”
In the final quarter, BG led 44-39 before Northview tied the game, 44-44, at 5:20 after a converted steal by 6-0 senior Conner Hartnett (16 points and 13 rebounds). BG was again up 54-51 with 1:31 to go, only to see Northview freshman Aerin West rip a trey with 26 seconds showing to set up the ending.
On the night, BG was 22-of-51 (43 percent) including 5-of-15 from downtown and 6-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats were just 19-of-61 (31 percent) including 4-of-18 from beyond the arc but a very good 14-of-18 from the line.
Northview’s junior varsity team was granted a basket well after the buzzer in downing BG 50-49. Trey Walker led the Bobcats with 11 points while Trent Hinton and Jacob Leader each added 10 points.

Stone, 1-2—4; Donaldson, 0-0—0; Herringshaw, 1-2-0—8; E. Gardner, 0-1—1; M. Gardner, 1-3-0—11; Brown, 12-2—26; Dill, 2-1—5. TOTALS: 17-5-6—55.
Czerniakowski, 2-1-3—10; Downing, 3-0—6; Hartnett, 4-8—16; Villolovos, 1-0—2; Bernsdorff, 0-1-3—6; Valentine, 2-0—4; Bartlett, 0-1-0—3; West, 1-1-0—5; Wendt, 1-0—2; Nowicki, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 15-4-14—56.
BGHS    20    5    14    16—55        
NORTHVIEW    9    8    20    19—56
Junior varsity: Northview, 50-49.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2012 10:43

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