Knights teach Titans not to look ahead

Jan 24 2014 - 11:45pm

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LAYTON -- With the Davis High coaching staff sitting in the stands scouting the game, Syracuse laid an egg - aided by Northridge.

The Titans host Davis on Tuesday in a key showdown and entered Friday evening's contest undefeated in Region 1 against a Knight team searching for its initial league win.

Four dominating quarters later, Northridge was on the upside of a 64-49 pasting of Syracuse that should give the Darts plently of ammunition for next week's clash.

"Syracuse is a good team. We knew it could be a dogfight," said Northridge coach Chad Sims. "But our kids executed the game plan well. We were aggressive on the perimeter and made them put it on the floor, then we got it going on the offensive end."

Jacob Bigler was the white Knight for Northridge, putting on a lights-out shooting display with 11 field goals, eight of them from beyond the arc on the way to a game-high 32 points.

"Our team put me in the best position to make shots," Bigler said. "We made stops on defense, got in transition and pushed the ball. Our execution on offense let me get open; we knew we couldn't let up because they (Syracuse) could come back."

"He is one of the best shooters in the state," Sims said. "He knows what shots are appropriate and has great range."

With Dayan Lake's steal making it 8-7 midway through the first quarter, Northridge (6-9 overall, 1-3 league) took a lead it would never relinquish.

Lake scored 15 points on the night, coming off the bench, including seven in the second stanza and Northridge survived a half-court buzzer beater by Syracuse's Josh Herfel to take a 27-25 lead into the locker room.

Sometimes a shot like that can be a momentum-changer, but Sims said "we didn't talk about it at the half. We just needed to move on to the next play and not get hung up on the negatives."

Northridge opened up a 10-point advantage early in the third period, as Bigler scorched the nets for eight points in the first 1:55 of the quarter, including a pair of threes.

Syracuse (6-8, 3-1) closed the gap to three on a couple of occasions in the fourth quarter, but Northridge didn't sit on the ball and Bigler bombed in four 3-pointers in the last 5:48 of the game.

"This is a tough region; we have played some great teams so far," Sims added. "We want to get better and better; our best basketball is still ahead of us."

Jrue Perkins also scored in double figures for the Knights, posting 10 points and wearing out the free throw line, going 8-of-13 for the night.

The Titans only made eight trips to the line, converting four for 50 percent.

Syracuse was led by Kalvin Mudrow, who worked the paint for 20 points on nine field goals and 2-of-2 from the line. Herfel added 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Josh Thalman and Braden Hall checked in with seven each.

As the region games roll on, time will tell whether Davis, Syracuse or Northridge learned more from the game Friday evening.

 

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