Northview boys advance to Small Area Tournament title game with win over Three Oaks
Heading into Friday night’s Small Area Boys Tournament semifinal at Lake County Middle School, Choctaw fans were assured they would have a team to root for during Tuesday night’s title game – but only one team – as Northview defeated county-rival Three Oaks to earn a spot in the championship game 49-39 in Ridgely.
Northview’s Brayln Taylor led the way for his team in the opening quarter as he returned from an ankle injury to score five points in the first frame while Toby Wilson added four as the Newbern-based Choctaws held Three Oaks to just six points in the opening quarter and took a 12-6 lead at the end of one.
Northview added to its lead in the second frame and Taylor once again led the way – this time with six points.
Teammate Chris Branch added four while Three Oaks was paced by a three-pointer from Marcus Martin as Northview led 27-13 at the end of the half.
Wilson led Northview in the third frame with six while Taylor tossed in four to counter a pair of three-pointers from Three Oaks’ Tucker Himes as Northview took a 39-25 lead into the final frame.
Over the last six minutes, Three Oaks was able to cut into the Northview lead but only slightly, outscoring their county rival 14-10 before falling to Three Oaks.
Wilson and Taylor each led the way for Northview with 16 points apiece while Himes and Mason Patterson each scored nine for the Three Oaks boys.
Northview will take on Crestview in the Small Area Boys Tournament Championship game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Lake County Middle School in Ridgely.