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NorthWood takes 'miss-make' game from Elkhart Memorial

NorthWood uses a 21-0 run to pull away from Chargers and finish 6-1 in NLC play.



Posted on Feb. 13, 2014 at 11:46 p.m.

NAPPANEE — NorthWood tried to run away from Elkhart Memorial early in a Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball game Thursday, Feb, 13, at "The Panther Pit."

But the Crimson Chargers were having none of it.

The Panthers led 21-10 in the first quarter only to have Memorial slice the lead to 38-32 by halftime and 41-40 at the 5:28 mark of the third quarter.

That's when NorthWood poured it on, using a 21-0 run that gave plenty of breathing room and the Panthers went on to a 75-51 victory.

With Northridge (15-2, 7-0) topping Concord Thursday, NorthWood (15-1, 6-1) finished second in the NLC race.

After seeing his team shoot 27 of 49 from the floor, including 12 of 23 in the second, while Memorial went 19 of 54 and 8 of 29, NorthWood coach Aaron Wolfe described the NLC as "miss-make league" and credited his Panthers' ability to make while the Chargers missed as what helped lead to the run.

"In that stretch, we were fortunate to make some shots," said Wolfe. "They missed some quality shots, which gave us some separation."

Combining to shoot 23 of 41 from floor, Zach Zurcher (27 points), Jonathan Wilkinson (19) and Tanner Farmwald (10) led the attack for the Panthers, who won for the sixth straight time.

"Zach and Jon have played well continually for us during the year," said Wolfe of Zurcher and Wilkinson. "I was proud of Tanner Farmwald in how well he shot the ball tonight and made some intangible plays.

"Tanner made some good defensive plays away from the basketball to help and recover. He was able to grab some loose balls and he did a really nice job with his floor game in getting guys in the right spots."

A 69-42 lead was NorthWood's biggest of the night.

The Panthers also enjoyed a 26-16 edge in defensive rebounding. Will Stueve, whose two buckets were slam dunks, collected 11 of his game-high 14 rebounds on the defensive end.

"Our guys competed on the defensive glass tonight," said Wolfe. "They got one shot and were done with our defensive rebounding."

Led by Zurcher and Farmwald with three each, the Panthers sank nine 3-pointers to Memorial’s five.

Dimitri Giger paced the Chargers with 21 points — seven in the second quarter —  while Cameron Maxwell added nine.

With the NLC season behind them, the Panthers are to close out the regular season Saturday, Feb. 15 against South Bend St. Joseph (noon JV start), at Glenn Tuesday, Feb. 18, against Bremen Friday, Feb. 21, and at Whitko Feb. 28.

Memorial is scheduled to visit St. Joseph Tuesday, Feb. 18 and South Bend Clay Tuesday, Feb. 25 and finish up the regular season at home Friday, Feb. 28 against Michigan City Marquette.

NORTHWOOD 75, MEMORIAL 51

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 7-19 5-5 21, Rashad Murphy 0-0 0-0 0, Tra’vion Qualls 2-10 2-4 6, Cameron Maxwell 4-10 0-0 9, Austin Miller 3-6 1-1 7, A.J. Gary 1-5 0-0 2, Jon Bailey 0-0 0-0 0, Freddie Rodes 0-1 0-0 0, Chris Kale 0-0 0-0 0, Mikal McGuire 1-2 0-0 3, Michael O’Toole 0-0 0-0 0, Darrius Baker 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 19-54 (.352) 8-10 (.800) 51.

NorthWood — Zach Zurcher 12-22 0-0 27, Will Stueve 2-4 3-4 7, Jonathan Wilkinson 6-11 5-5 19, Braxton Linville 1-3 2-2 5, Tanner Farmwald 5-8 0-0 13, Kyle McCoy 0-0 2-2 2, Dakiryon Fox 1-1 0-0 2, Cam Simpson 0-0 0-0 0, Travis Bear 0-0 0-0 0, Trey Bilinski 0-0 0-0 0, Chad Sellers 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Schwartz 0-0 0-0 0, Vincent Miranda 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-49 (.551) 12-13 (.922) 75.

Scoring By Quarters

Memorial — 16 16 8 11 — 51

NorthWood — 23 15 17 20 — 75

3-point goals: Memorial (5-17) — Giger 2-5, Baker 1-1, McGuire 1-1, Maxwell 1-4; NorthWood (9-19) — Zurcher 3-5, Farmwald 3-6, Wilkinson 2-6, Linville 1-2.

Rebounds: Memorial (24) — Qualls 8; NorthWood (31) — Stueve 14, Zurcher 5.

Turnovers: Memorial 14, NorthWood 13.

Total fouls: Memorial 13, NorthWood 12. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Doug Pardue, Danny Davison, Wes Yoder.

Records: NorthWood 15-1 (6-1 NLC), Memorial 7-10 (4-3 NLC).

Next: St. Joseph at NorthWood Saturday, Feb. 15, noon JV start; Memorial at SB St. Joseph Tuesday, Feb. 18.

JV: NorthWood 43, Memorial 38. Top scorers: NorthWood — Vincent Miranda 12, Trey Bilinski 8, Cam Simpson 8; Memorial — Deante Dalton 12, Jon Bailey 10. JV records: NorthWood 14-2 (5-2 NLC), Memorial 12-5 (5-2 NLC).



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