News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 29, 2012

Knights win fifth straight, get Robinson in semis

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — Northview finished strong in the first winners’ bracket of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic on Friday to defeat Shakamak 55-48 and advance to the semifinals.

The Knights won their fifth straight game and will take a 5-2 mark into today’s matchup with Robinson.

Clint Weddle is now 2-0 in Classic competition as a coach and he’s excited about it.

 “Our guys are ecstatic … the players tell me to calm down. I told them to remain focused and make sure they enjoy the opportunity they have tomorrow,” he said after the contest.

Shakamak had a 10-6 lead at the first stop, but the Knights were up by one, 20-19, at the half. Northview’s Ethan Whitson scored the final six points of the second quarter — getting two rebound buckets — after the Lakers had built a 19-14 lead.

The score was tied at 24-24 before each team ran off five straight points and the score was 31-31 going into the final period.

The score was tied at 37 and 39 before Joe Ball hit one of his two 3-pointers to give the Knights the lead for good at 42-39.

The Lakers stayed close until the Knights used a 9-2 run to assume a 55-45 lead. Ball had another 3-pointer in that spurt and Christian Ellis canned four free throws.

Northview had a 21-14 edge in field goals, while the Lakers hit 15 free throws compared to nine for the Knights. Northview had a 24-23 edge on the boards, but Shakamak had 14 turnovers and Northview six.

Whitson had a career-high 18 points and snared seven rebounds for the 5-2 Knights. He was 8 of 13 from the field.

“Ethan keeps working on his game …,” said Weddle.

Jim Mace and Craig Peters each had 10 points. Brodie Crowe had a game-high 20 points for 3-4 Shakamak and Patrick Green tallied 16.  

Shakamak hit 50 percent for the game, making 14 of 28 from the field, and went 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

“We were fortunate enough to win. I can’t say enough about Shakamak. I really like the confidence the players continue to show in themselves,” said Weddle.

Shakamak coach Steve Brett said his team had control of the game but let it slip away.

“Northview is a nice team but I don’t think we gave it our best effort,” said the veteran coach.

“Northview had [too many] points less than six feet from the basket. We had too many silly turnovers. That’s been a problem in other games,” he added.

“We have to get tougher on defense, make better decisions and improve our time management.”



SHAKAMAK (48) — Crowe 6-11 6-7 20, Schubla 0-1 1-2 1, Green 5-9 5-8 16, Morin 0-0 1-2 1, Bessling 0-3 0-0 0, Collins 1-1 2-2 5, Burris 1-1 0-0 2, West 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-28 FG, 15-21 FT, 48 TP.

NORTHVIEW (55) — Peters 4-11 0-1 10, Ball 2-5 0-0 6, Hakman 0-4 0-0 0, Whitson 8-13 2-3 18, Mace 5-6 0-2 10, Ellis 1-4 4-7 6, Tanoos0-0 0-0 0, Rogers 0-1 0-0 0, Kimball 1-3 2-2 4, Clark 0-0 1-2 1, Newton 0-0 0-0 0, Underwood 0-0 0-0 0, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 FG, 9-17 FT, 55 TP.

Shakamak    10    9    12    17    —    48

Northview    6    14    11    24    —    55


3-point goals — S 5-8 (Crowe 2-4, Collins 1-1, Green 1-2), N 4-17 (Ball 2-4, Peters 2-8, Hakman 0-3, Ellis 0-2). Total fouls: S 15, N 16. Rebounds — S 23 (Bessling 6, Crowe 5, Schubla, Green, Morin and Collins 2), N 24 (Whitson 7, Mace 4, Kimball 3, Peters, Hakman and Tanoos 2, Ellis 1). Steals — S 4 (Collins 2, Crowe and Green 1), N 10 (Mace 3, Peters and Whitson 2, Ellis, Tanoos and Clark 1). Turnovers — S 14, N 6.

Next — Northview (5-2) will play Robinson today. Shakamak (3-4) will play Terre Haute North.