Varsity Basketball

Maize holds off Grizzlies in OT

According to coach Chris Grill, his Maize basketball team was not trying to play up to the tempo of Northwest.

Evidence to the contrary was provided in the Eagles' 85-81 overtime win over the Grizzlies on Saturday night at Northwest.

"That's kind of our style," Grill said. "It didn't have anything to do with who we were playing, that's just the way we like to play."

Through three quarters, the fast-paced tempo appeared to favor the Grizzlies. Northwest built the game's largest lead at nine, but immaturity flared up and things began to unravel.

With five seconds left in the third quarter, Northwest's Spenser Gales was called for an intentional foul and then whistled for a technical.

Maize then made a 9-2 run to tie the score with four minutes remaining. Ryan Schultz led the Eagles with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

"We set up one of our sets where we try to get the ball to the high post and try to feed down in low to try to take advantage of our size," Schultz said.

Northwest never recovered as Maize took the lead from the beginning of overtime and never relinquished it.

"We kind of got a taste of what it's like out there," said Northwest Dave Carson, who led the Grizzlies with 20 points. "We've got to be able to finish games though, and make big stops when we need them. We kind of grew up out there. We're still a young team. We have the talent to do it."

It was Northwest's second straight close defeat.

"I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for them," Northwest coach Chris Collins said. "I'm not taking anything away from Maize, but we should have won the game, period."

Maize (3-0) 25 18 16 18 6 — 85 Northwest (2-2) 26 19 11 25 2 — 81

MAIZE: Sturgeon 1 0-0 2, Langley 3 1-3 7, Davis 5 3-10 15, Lee 3 6-12 13, Schultz 8 4-8 22, McCarthy 7 1-2 16, Hammack 1 2-4 5, Hosman 2 1-2 5, Wolgamott 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 (5) 18-41 85.

NORTHWEST: Nicholson 6 3-4 18, Collins 2 4-7 8, Carson 7 2-2 20, Fox 2 6-7 10, Gales 1 0-0 2, Landenberger 1 0-0 2, Johnson 6 2-2 16, Beiker 0 0-0 0, White 1 0-0 2, Miller 1 1-2 3. Totals 27 (9) 18-24 81.

Northwest girls 65, Maize 58 — Northwest welcomed its former coach, Jerrod Handy, back with a defeat as the Grizzlies improved to 3-1 on the season.

The Grizzlies never trailed in the game and had a comfortable lead for the majority of the game, until a late run by Maize brought it within single-digits.

Northwest was led by Alaina Shine's 17 points, while Kirsten Chamberlin led all scorers with 19 for Maize.

Maize (1-2) 11 11 13 23 — 58 Northwest (3-1) 14 19 16 16 — 65

MAIZE: Nicholson 3 5-6 12, Cox 2 0-0 5, Chamberlin 7 2-3 19, McCreath 1 0-0 2, Witt 0 0-0 0, Tomasu 0 0-0 0, Hartzog 3 2-2 9, Onelio 0 0-0 0, Roeser 1 5-6 7, Lungwitz 0 2-2 2, Russell 0 0-0 0, James 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 (6) 16-19.

NORTHWEST: M. Millspaugh 3 2-2 8, Nolen 3 0-0 6, Caldwell 4 1-2 10, Shine 7 3-6 17, Simon 4 4-4 12, Tran 0 0-0 0, A. Millspaugh 1 1-2 3, Wood 1 2-3 4, Loganbill 0 1-2 1, Allen 0 0-0 0, McAlpine 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 (1) 14-21 65.

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