Knights take out hosts, advance to sectional final at Owen Valley

Mar. 1—With 2:52 left, Brayden Goff went up for a second-chance bucket that cemented Northview boys basketball's advancement to the IHSAA Class 3A Owen Valley Sectional final.

On Friday evening, the Knights finished off the host Patriots 56-48 to set up a Saturday 7 p.m. title tilt with Edgewood. The Knights (13-11) last won a sectional in 2021.

"I'm still happy that we just won, but I'll probably know [Saturday]," Goff said of the championship game.

"I might feel nervous. I might feel excited. Maybe both. It will be fun, it will be really fun."

Goff, a sophomore, spurred on the Knights following a technical foul in the fourth quarter with a clutch basket.

"After that tech, we were really fired up," Goff said.

"I think we kind of felt like we had the game after we had that, then we sealed the game like we've done for the second half of the season."

After Northview corralled an offensive board, sophomore Christian Bryan fed the ball to Goff in the right corner.

The guard had just gotten back into the play after crossing the baseline when he saved it after his layup.

He hesitated this time on the catch and got to the right block as a couple of Owen Valley players tried to swat his handle.

The aggressive defense resulted in Goff getting fouled as he elevated with senior Jesse Durnil's outstretched arm contacting him, but Goff finished through the foul.

He willed the two points in and his teammates flexed their muscles and bumped him on his way to the charity stripe.

The basket pushed the lead to 50-43 and was Goff's and the team's final field goal. He ended up with a team-high 21 points.

The Patriots (8-16) couldn't get it within a one-score game for the remainder of the game.

The Knights went 6 of 8 from the line to close the school's fifth straight win in the final minute.

Northview hadn't been above .500 all year until winning in the final game of the season.

Since the turn of the New Year, the Knights have won 11 of 17 games in the first season under the tutelage of West Vigo alumnus Shawn Nevill. He moved to 72-71 in his sixth year of coaching.

Junior Karson Fosick and freshman Peyton McCollum had 10 points apiece to supplement Goff's total for Northview.

"I felt like early in the season when we played South Knox and we played Sullivan, we had leads in every game," Nevill reflected. "We were 0-3 at one point and we were three possessions from being 3-0."

The Knights lost their first two games by an average of four points, then fell in double overtime to West Vigo.

Nevill said the key to righting the ship was getting the line and cleaning up miscues. The team attempted 27 free throws Friday and made 23.

"Our season has been kind of odd in the respect that ... 'Well, let's try to compete in games,'" he said. "'And hey, now that we are competing, let's try to win games.' And then all of a sudden it's 'You are winning games. You guys have a chance to do something.' Over the course of the year, the mindset has kept changing. And that's a good thing, but that's changed the way we've played as well."