The Nortfhield boys basketball team jumped up a couple classes to host 4A Huntington North Saturday in what turned out to be a thrilling 59-57 overtime win for the Norse.
The country boys started out quick with Ryan Givens and Dustin Echard buckets, followed by a Ryan Keaffaber three to give the Norse a 7-0 lead. After a Huntington bucket Echard would hit again and Chad Glasscock backed him up with a bucket and it was 10-3. Huntington, with sharp shooter Kalvin Miller can put points on the board in a hurry and thats just what happened. The Vikings would go on an 11-3 run to end the quarter and led 14-13 after one.
The Norse come out in the second hitting on all cylinders, starting the quarter on an 11-0 run. Echard hit two free throws, followed by a Collin Dawes and Ryan Keaffaber bucket to lead 20-14. On the next possession, Keaffaber was fouled on a missed three point shot, hitting two of the free throws to make it 22-14. Echard would end the run witha bucket and the Norse were in control 24-14 or so they thought. Down 10 the Vikings would score 8 straight before Keaffaber drained a three with .40 seconds remaining to lead 27-22. Huntington would hit the final bucket of the quarter and the Norse led 27-24 at the half.
Chad Glasscock would start the third with a three and the two teams traded buckets the next two possessions. Huntington hit two free throws with 3:11 to go, making it 35-30 Norse. After a Viking time out they would hit two straight to cut the lead to 35-34 when Collin Dawes hit. The Vikings scored the last bucket of the quarter and Northfield led 37-36 after three.
The two teams would trade blows the first half of the fourth quarter with Huntington hitting a three with 3:24 to go to take a 46-45 lead. Two Glasscock free throws with 1:53 remaining made it 48-47 Huntington. Ryan Keaffaber connected on his second three of the quarter with 1:02 to go, giving the Norse the lead back at 50-48. After a Huntington travel, they called time out with 37.3 left. The Vikings fouled at the 29.7 mark and Collin Dawes sank one of two free throws to go up 51-48. Huntington played for the last shot, with Miller draining a three and it was overtime tied at 51.
Northfield would tale the lead on two Ryan Givens free throws and the Dustin Echard hit to give the Norse a 55-51 lead. Back come the Vikings, scoring the next 6 points and taking a 57-55 lead. Givens connected again, then Cody Gibson took a charge with 9.2 left to give the Norse the last shot. Northfield called two time outs to set up the play. Ryan Keaffaber drove the right side, putting up a runner that hit nothing but net with 1.5 seconds left. The Vikings called time out to set up an out of bounds play that was picked off by Ryan Givens at half court and the Norse had pulled off the 59-57 overtime thriller.
Ryan Keaffaber- 23 points, 6 assists
Dustin Echard- 10 points
Chad Glasscock- 9 points
Ryan Givens- 9 points, 7 rebounds
Collin Dawes- 8 points