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Boys Basketball: North Forsyth vs. Northview (12/11)

In a back and forth contest between the Northview Titans (2-6, 1-3 Region 6-AAAAAA) and the North Forsyth Raiders (2-5, 1-3 Region 6-AAAAAA), the Raiders were able to muscle out a 65-62 come from behind win in the final minutes of the game, leaving Northview a few possessions short of victory. After coming off a solid win against West Forsyth, the Titans hoped to keep their momentum going against an equally competitive North Forsyth team in an important region matchup.

After being behind in the first quarter, the Titans responded by not only taking the lead, but holding onto it until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. However, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as turnovers blew up the Titans’ chances of winning. A few poorly placed passes and dribbling mishaps resulted in points from the other team that cost the Titans a win.

The Titans were able to put up 62 points Friday night, which is their second highest total of the season, and only allowed 65, which is their third lowest of the year. However, the Titans forfeited a 20 point lead in the second half, revealing their inability to finish games.

“The game was ours to win and we just fell apart towards the end,” senior Aly Fall said. “I would say that we lost it more than they won it; this is one of those games that comes back to haunt you in the end of the season when there are only a few playoff spots left.”

Fall was a monster on the boards, bringing down ten rebounds against an aggressively shooting North Forsyth team.

Although the end of the game was disappointing on the Northview end, the team still has the support of its colorful and faithful fan base. The fans, who enjoy attending both home and away games, spend a large amount of the game creating noise for both the Titans and the challengers. Depending on how it is interpreted, one might say that the Raiders received a different form of “support” from the Titan stands than they might have preferred.

“I put my heart and soul into distracting the other team’s players so that they play at a level even their grandparents couldn’t be proud of,” loud-mouthed fan Tommy Trautwein said. “When our boys win, it feels like I was part of the victory even if I wasn’t on the court with them.”

Trautwein and his sophomore brother, Michael, are notorious for not complying to standard GHSA fan rules.

The Titans are in the middle of the table now in their respective region and must string together several wins if they want to finish the season in either third or fourth place, qualifying them for the state playoffs. Lambert and Johns Creek practically have the top two spots locked as both teams are undefeated in region, as well as non-region games. If the Titans can muscle out some wins against South Forsyth (12/12) and Habersham Central (12/18), then they will be in a good position to battle for the final two playoff slots.