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Basketball Falls in Tight Season Opener

In the middle of the second quarter, Junior Joe Jones broke away with the ball on a fast break. He then, despite his height of only 5-10, dunked the ball and for a brief moment he shocked and silenced the crowd. This changed the mood of the game for the Titans, who then started to collect themselves in the second quarter. Sophomore shooting guard Matt Davis also began to hit multiple three point shots he had missed earlier in the game and helped the Titans tie with the Wolverines 34-34 at the end of the third quarter.

However, the Northview Titans (0-1, 0-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) were unable to keep up with the Woodstock Wolverines(1-0, 0-0 Region 7-AAAAAAA) in the fourth quarter and lost 50-42. Strict refs kept the game close, calling everything and keeping the game interesting.  Both teams played a physical game, which lead to them shooting for free throws many times and both teams spending a lot of time in the bonus. The Titans shot 7 for 19 at the line, missing 12 free throws. The Wolverines went 15 for 17, missing only two free throws.

“They fought hard I thought, but we still have a lot to work on. Fundamental stuff, that is what is most important. It is still the beginning of the season, so they are a little rusty,” Assistant Coach Gary McCoy said.

The Wolverines were able to score 20 points off turnovers against the Titans, showing that they do need to improve on things like ball control and fast break defense. The Titans were able to score ten points off of fast breaks. The Titans are still learning how to work together as a team instead of just as individual players.

“It’s the beginning of the season, so of course we all are a bit out of it, but we know what we need to do now. We know what we have to work on and how we need to approach these issues,” senior Jordan Dinkins said.

Two of the key players for the Titans were Joe Jones and Matthew Davis, who combined to score 26 for the Titans. Jones scored 12 points, and took charge when he had to to lead the team. Davis scored 14, many of which were three pointers, and charged the paint many times, making him a force to be reckoned with.

“They stepped up when we really needed them to, even though we didn’t win this time. We do expect to see them at the top of the board in points,” senior Ian Ricks said.

The Titans plan their next game against Walnut Grove on November 18. They will try to work out whatever kinks they have now in time for the game.