Varsity Basketball

Northwest recovers to top Campus

Campus' defense did exactly what coach Josh Axline wanted in the final seconds of the fourth quarter Thursday night, forcing a 25-foot game-tying shot from Northwest guard Craig Nicholson.

Northwest junior Grant Landenberger did exactly what the Grizzlies practice, positioning himself to the right of the basket in case of a miss.

The ball bounced off to Landenberger, who, as time expired, rebounded and put up the shot to tie the score.

Northwest defeated Campus 63-58 in overtime and will play Dodge City at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at South in a Class 6A sub-state final.

"We never give up, and Grant is the last person to give up," said Northwest sophomore Spenser Gales, who had eight points and 10 rebounds. "He'll go 100 percent 'til there's no time left on the clock.

"I just turned my head and saw him wide open and I was like, 'Grant's going to hit this shot,' and he did, and that's what carried us into overtime."

Landenberger finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Nicholson had a game-high 23 points.

"You know, I'm seeing the ball and I'm going there just in case it bounces off, and it did, right to me," said Landenberger, who finished with 12 points, nine rebounds. "It was an easy shot, put it off the backboard and in."

Northwest (11-10) led Campus by 10 at the half, but the Colts responded well, outscoring Northwest 22-9 in the third quarter for a 41-38 lead.

"We just got complacent and they fought back and made a game of it," Northwest coach Chris Collins said.

Campus shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the third quarter and got four points from Brett Thomas, who scored a team-high 18. Teammate Alec Meier had 10 rebounds.

The Colts led 54-49 with 1:40 remaining in regulation when all went awry. They missed a layup, turned it over, and Gales blocked a shot.

"I really can't describe what happened down the stretch," Axline said."... We didn't execute down the stretch, we got tight, we didn't hit the shots late.

"That putback (by Landenberger), it's an unlucky bounce. We forced the 25-footer at the buzzer and the ball bounces to him and he puts it back."

Campus (10-11) 9 10 22 14 3 — 58 Northwest (11-10) 10 19 9 17 8 — 63

CAMPUS: Meier 2 4-6 8, Thomas 6 2-2 18, Charles 3 2-5 9, Schuelke 3 3-4 10, Brown 4 3-3 11, Blaha 0 0-0 0, Flax 1 0-1 2, Haight 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 (6) 14-21 58.

NORTHWEST: Carson 3 0-0 7, Johnson 43-3 11, Gales 4 0-1 8, Landenberger 6 0-1 12, Nicholson 7 5-6 23, Miller 0 0-2 0, Cramer 1 0-0 2, Beiker 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 (5) 8-13 63.