Last Friday, November 1, the Northview Titans hosted the Centennial Knights in their home opener. The end result was the Titans losing 65-55 by just 10. The Titans had a slow start, down 8-0 in the first quarter until senior Ousman Cambi hit two free throws to put them on the board. Junior guard Joseph Jones overall had a good game, finishing with 15 points. He lit the crowd up with a couple of flashy layups and big dunks. The Knights did good well to keep a lead for the whole game.
“To improve our game during the season we need to focus on rebounding and playing defense,” senior Jordan Dinkins said.
From last year to this season, you can see how much of an improvement the Titans made over the offseason. Each game has come down to making free throws during the closing minutes. Northview had key players like senior captain Ian Ricks and Norcross transfer and senior guard Justin James sitting out of Friday’s matchup due to health reasons. One thing that was positive for the Titans was how they excelled at getting the ball to the paint. From the point guard to the center, scoring under the basket was not a problem in this game. It was just getting stops where the Titans experienced trouble.
“The season just started and we have to keep improving as a team,” Cambi said.
Throughout the game, Northview kept it pretty close, and the student section showed major support from tip-off to the final buzzer. Players like Jones have to take more responsibility moving forward and lead them to victories in close games. Jones believes that this is within his reach. Heading into the next game, the Titans want to focus on closing out on the perimeter so they can limit all three-pointers being taken. Northview fell to Cambridge in their next matchup and needs to put everything they have towards winning their upcoming region cames to get their season back on track and regain confidence.