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Boys Basketball Beginning of Season Tourney

The Northview Titans Men’s Basketball team took on their 2017 winter season with their first tournament of the year. They won against Osborne 50-47, lost against New Creation 69-64, and lost against Walnut Grove 57-56, finishing with a record of 1-2 in the tournament. They have started off the season with a great positive attitude and sense of confidence, and Head Coach Steven Bombard plans to win as many games as they can with great teamwork and a diligent work ethic.

“We played really well as a team and had great ball movement. Our team chemistry is coming together,” Bombard said.

Joseph Jones, junior point guard, has been playing for Northview for two years. He carries a lot of weight for the team. He loves to keep everyone focused and motivated for each game.

“We just need focus on the little things and get better at those everyday,” Jones said.

Jordan Dinkins, a senior shooting guard and small forward, is enjoying his first few games as a Titan. Dinkins transferred from rival Johns Creek this past summer and has made a bond with each player on the team. He knows each player has their own skills but has to get them to work within the team in order to find success.

“The team could improve on our defense and decrease our turnovers and make free throws and layups,” Dinkins said.

Senior guard Justin James, a transfer from Norcross, had a breakout performance in the Walnut Grove game, scoring 20 for the Titans. However, down one late in the game, James had three free throws to ice the game and went 1-3 from the line. Walnut Grove was fouled on the ensuing possession, making one of two free throws and winning the game.

Bombard is looking forward to the season despite the three tough losses, including the non-conference game against Woodstock to open it.

“I believe in our team, and these close losses will become close wins as the season progresses,” Bombard said.

The Titans, despite the 1-3 record, are eager to keep competing this season knowing they can turn their record around. The team just began region play on Tuesday, November 28, against the Pope Greyhounds. They fell 66-50, but region play is a season of its own, and the Titans are looking to stay strong and fight to win the rest of their matchups.