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‘Unselfish’ Panthers top Raiders, advance to 10-1

Panthers produced 17 layups or dunks in NLC triumph.
Posted on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — NorthWood earned a 61-46 Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball victory Friday at Northridge with the same formula that has gotten the Panthers off to 10-1 overall and 3-0 NLC starts in 2012-13.

“Our players have been unselfish this year,” said NorthWood coach Aaron Wolfe, who watched his team win its third straight and share the conference lead with Concord. “It’s allowed us to make the extra pass and make high-percentage shots.”

And so it was in the Panthers’ latest visit to the Middlebury Madhouse. NorthWood produced 17 layups or dunks and shot 56.4 percent from the floor (22 of 39) in topping the Raiders (3-8, 0-3).

“We were able to get the ball inside at times and that led to some high-percentage shots,” said Wolfe. “I’d like to give credit to our guards for recognizing some of our cutters in the basket area.

“There were some long shots that led to some transition points for us.”

With Tanner Farmwald and Kyle McCoy helping to get the ball inside, Jonathan Wilkinson (21 points, including 12 in the first half) and Zach Zurcher (18 points, including seven in the second quarter) put on many of the finishing touches.

A 12-0 first-half run featuring six points by Wilkinson — including a one-hand dunk leading to a 3-point play — and four for Zurcher took the Panthers from a 8-7 to a 20-7 lead.

The Raiders got to within five early in both the third and fourth quarter, but each time NorthWood responded and held Northridge at bay. The hosts never got closer than eight in final 4:30 of the contest.

The Raiders, who shot 36.4 percent from the floor (16 of 44), lost for the sixth straight time.

“We had a lot of little things that accumulated and led into one big thing,” said Northridge coach Ronnie Thomas. “We missed the front ends of 1-and-1’s (in the first half). In the second half, we had small mental lapses that killed us.

“We have to start valuing our possessions so we can get the best shot that we can. We have to do that in tight games. We know that in the conference it is a race to 50. You are not going to win a lot of games when teams like NorthWood score 60 or more points.”

Nate Ritchie paced the Raiders with 15 points, including third in the third quarter.

NorthWood 61, Northridge 46

NorthWood — Zach Zurcher 8-14 2-4 18, Tommy Klem 1-1 0-0 3, Jonathan Wilkinson 7-14 7-7 21, Kyle McCoy 3-4 2-2 8, Tanner Farmwald 3-5 2-2 9, Braxton Linville 0-0 0-0 0, Will Stueve 0-1 2-2 2, Spencer Culp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-39 (.564) 15-17 (.882) 61.

Northridge — Joey Ganyard 2-5 1-2 6, Austin Moniot 2-3 0-0 5, Nate Ritchie 5-11 4-4 15, Pete Smith 2-7 0-0 5, Sam Ahonen 2-10 1-2 5, Shannon Baker 0-0 1-2 1, Arick Doberenz 1-2 1-3 3, Tom Morrison 2-5 0-0 6, Christian Bach 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-44 (.364) 8-13 (.615) 46.

Scoring By Quarters

NorthWood 10 15 19 17 — 61

Northridge 7 12 19 8 — 46

3-point goals: NorthWood (2-7) — Klem 1-1, Farmwald 1-2; Northridge (6-18) — Morrison 2-3, Moniot 1-1, Ganyard 1-2, Ritchie 1-3, Smith 1-5.

Rebounds: NorthWood (27) — Zurcher 7, Wilkinson 6; Northridge (17) — Ahonen 4.

Assists: NorthWood (10) — Farmwald 3; Northridge (11) — Ahonen 5.

Steals: NorthWood (10) — McCoy 3, Wilkinson 3; Northridge (7).

Turnovers: NorthWood 16, Northridge 13.

Fouls: NorthWood 13, Northridge 18. Fouled out — Moniot (1:01, fourth quarter).

Records: NorthWood 10-1 (3-0 NLC), Northridge 3-8 (0-3 NLC).

Next: NorthWood at Lakeland, Northridge at Penn, both Tuesday.

JV: NorthWood 35, Northridge 34. Top scorers: NorthWood — Dakiyron Fox 13, Travis Bear 6, Cam Simpson 6, Gabe Williams 5; Northridge — Kurtis Hochstetler 14, Payton Carson 5. JV records: NorthWood 10-1 (3-0 NLC), Northridge 3-4 (1-2 NLC).


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