BV Northwest 55, BV North 52
Darien Jackson- 14
Parker Braun- 12
Colby Bullock- 23
Miles Emery- 11
Mitch Rhyner- 6
Blue Valley Northwest had an answer for anything and everything Blue Valley North threw their way on Wednesday night.
The Mustangs would make a run, the Huskies countered. BV North earned a huge stop, BV Northwest followed up with one of their own. Down the stretch the Mustangs would have a few chances to tie the game and the Huskies denied it.
After Miles Emery, who scored 11 points, fired the opening salvo for BV North hitting a free throw on the first Mustang possession, JaMicheal Morgan, who scored 11 points, would steal a Mustang pass the next down the floor and take it in for a dunk giving BV Northwest the lead for good in their 55-52 win.
With 48 seconds left, AJ Pleasant was at the line for BV Northwest trying to extend the game, but he missed the front-end of a one-and-one, giving the Mustangs a chance to tie the game late on their final possession and potentially send the game to overtime. But they needed a three.
BV North coach Ryan Phifer didn’t want any shot being hoisted up, though. He wanted a quality look and if they could get a quick two and a foul, he’d take it.
The Mustangs couldn’t work the ball around to find an open shot, so Phifer called timeout.
“We talked about a lot of different scenarios,” Phifer said of the Mustangs’ final timeout. “I’m glad we didn’t call a timeout there at the end when it was a held ball situation and get a technical. But the guys battled, that’s why we do a lot of time-and-score situations, and it’s different to do those in practice when there’s nobody in the stands compared to a couple thousand people here.”
Colby Bullock, who scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half, was able to get a three off, but it was contested and Emery tried to grab the loose ball, but was tied up with a Husky. The possession arrow favored BV North giving them one more opportunity.
BV Northwest’s Darien Jackson, who finished with 14 points, was able to get a hand in Keilon Hunter’s face and force up a shot that fell way short.
“(Coach Ed Fritz) told us to lock in defensively, don’t allow any threes, and play tight on them,” Joe Pleasant said.
Pleasant scored on two huge possessions on back-to-back trips down the floor midway through the fourth quarter to extend the lead to two possessions.
The biggest the lead in the fourth quarter for the Huskies was six — twice — but BV North kept finding ways to close the gap.
Mitch Rhyner, who scored six points, beat the buzzer to end the third quarter, shrinking the deficit to 44-28, and then scored the next two buckets for BV North to make it a 44-42 BV Northwest lead. A Parker Braun two would extend the lead, but Bullock would bring it right back.
BV Northwest forced 13 turnovers in the first half to take a 13-point lead into the locker room. BV North would score the first seven points of the new half, but Braun would go on a little run of his own as he scored the next eight for BV Northwest. He finished with 12.
“It was nice to see Parker was a presence down low and he hadn’t kind of done that yet,” Fritz said.
These two teams meet again on Jan. 13.