News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 3, 2013

Evansville Reitz rallies past Terre Haute North in final minutes

Joey Bennett
Tribune-Star Correspondent

EVANSVILLE — Terre Haute North overcame a poor first quarter to regain the lead in the second half, but a late flurry by Evansville Reitz helped the host Panthers hold on for a 64-61 win Saturday night.

North led 46-45 as Pat Hart hit a three-point play on the first basket of the final period, but Reitz’s Jaelan Sanford then scored eight of his team’s points in a 10-2 run to put the hosts up 55-48 with 4:57 left.

The Patriots weren’t done yet, as Calvin Blank had a pair of baskets sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Nate Jahn to cut the gap to 55-53 with 4:11 left.

A Blank 3-point play with 2:18 left cut the gap to 59-58, but the Patriots could not regain the lead.

A Blank trey with :39.9 left cut the gap to one again at 62-61, but Reitz got another basket with 16 seconds left to lead by three again.

North held the ball for the final shot, calling timeout at 3.5 seconds, and Austin Lewis had a 3-point attempt at the buzzer fall just short.

Reitz led 17-8 after one period and 31-27 at halftime. North won the third period 16-14, bolstered by some instant offense from sophomore Charlie Aimone who had hit a pair of treys in the second quarter and added two more in the third to provide some much-needed scoring punch for the Patriot attack.

Blank led all scorers with 26 points, and Aimone was the only other North player in double figures.

North had seven first-period turnovers in falling behind, but committed only 10 the rest of the game.



TERRE HAUTE NORTH (61) – Blank 9-11 7-7 26, Lewis 2-5 2-2 6, Hart 1-2 1-1 3, Jahn 2-2 2-2 6, Davis 2-8 4-4 8, Grady 0-0 0-0 0, Vickers 0-0 0-0 0, Aimone 4-7 0-0 12, Schenck 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-33 FG, 14-14 FT, 61 TP

EVANSVILLE REITZ (64) – Malone 1-2 0-0 2, Summers 2-7 4-6 8, Sanford 3-8 4-4 12, Stein 4-7 3-4 13, Barnes 6-10 6-7 18, Hansen 2-4 4-4 9, Worthington 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-42 FG, 21-25 FT, 64 TP

Terre Haute North    8    19    16    18    —    61

Evansville Reitz    17    14    14    19    —    64

3-point goals.— Aimone 4, Jahn 2, BLanhk, Sanford 2, Stein 2, Hansen.

JV game – Evansville Reitz 58 (Black Ruckman 22), THN 47 (Andrew Farmer 11, Austin Kurashima 8).

Next game – Terre Haute North (10-8) hosts Bloomington North on Thursday, while Evansville Reitz (11-7) plays at Evansville Harrison the same night.