The Northfield boys basketball team had a few different things to play for Tuesday night. The Norse were on a six game winning streak, plus it was a TRC game and Northfield is chasing Wabash for the conference lead. And, coach Moe Smedley was one win away from winning 400 as a coach.
The Norse were hosting North Miami and the Warriors were not willing to let anything come easy. After a tight first quarter the Norse pulled away for a 62-39 win and the Norse had won their 7th in a row and Moe Smedley had won his 400th game as a coach.
The Norse junmped out to a quick 4-0 lead with buckets from Collin Dawes and Ryan Keaffaber before North Miami’s Ethan Beech and Jared Richardson tied it up. The quarter would be tied two more times and the lead change twice when Ty Mussleman put the Warriors up 11-10. Paul Hayes hit to make it 13-10 before Ryan Givens and Chad Glasscock hit back to back and Northfield led 14-13 after one.
The Norse would start the second quarter on a 6-0 run behind Glasscock, Dustin Echard and Givens to go up 20-13. Hayes broke that run. At 20-15 the second Norse run would come, this time an 8-0 run to increase the lead to 28-15. The half would end with Northfield leading 30-19.
The third quarter would start with Northfield going on a 7-3 run with Glasscock scoring five of the points, forcing the Warriors to call time out with 4:07 to go and Northfield leading 37-22. Mussleman would hit out of the time out to make it 37-24 when the next Norse run came. A 10-0 run started by Givens and ending with two Dawes buckets gave the Norse a 47-24 lead. The two teams traded buckets and Northfield led 48-26 with one to go.
Beginning the fourth quarter the two teams traded buckets until it was 52-31. Northfield would score the next six points to extend the lead to 58-31. North Miami would our score Northfield 8-4 the last couple minutes for the 62-39 final.
The Norse put five players in double figures, led by Chad Glasscock with 15. Ryan Keaffaber had 14, Dustin Echard 11, Collin Dawes 10, Ryan Givens 10 and Cody Gibson 2.
Northfield host Whitko Friday