Northview ends Greenville boys basketball’s perfect season

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:37 am on Monday, February 27, 2012


Greenville’s Aaron Crebessa, left, defends the Wildcats’ Darren Kapustka during the second half on Saturday in a 49-45 loss. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Northview 49, Greenville 45

Greenville 8 13 11 13 — 45
Northview 14 6 16 13 — 49

GREENVILLE (18-1) — Davis 5 1-2 12, Crebessa 1 2-2 5, Somerfield 3 3-5 9, Mickey 4 0-0 9, Krusniak 5 0-0 10. Totals: 18 6-9 45. Three-point goals: Davis, Mickey, Crebessa. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.
NORTHVIEW (12-7) — Kapustka 6 9-13 21, Rich 7 2-4 17, Ruschmann 2 1-2 5, Slotsema 1 0-0 2, R. Kapustka 1 0-0 2, Alber 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 12-19 49. Three-point goals: Rich. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.


 GRAND RAPIDS — A perfect season wasn’t meant to be.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets saw its 18-game winning streak come to end on the road Saturday at the hands of O-K White rival Northview.

The Wildcats dictated the tempo of the game and kept the high-powered Yellow Jacket offense in check with defense and timely rebounds in their 49-45 victory. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Wildcats 61-56 on Jan. 27 and will meet again next Monday in the first round of district play.

“I really think we started a little flat. And when they are allowed to play with the lead they are a different team,” Greenville coach Mark Hasit said. “You have to go out there and chase them at midcourt. We knew coming in it was going to be a tough one.”

Northview led nearly the entire game after jumping out to a 6-0 lead to open the game. The Wildcats led 14-8 after the first quarter, but Greenville took a 21-20 lead by halftime.

Greenville’s Chris Mickey made a steal and hit and 18-foot fadeaway shot at buzzer to give the Yellow Jackets their only lead of the game.

Greenville senior Torrey Davis moves by a Wildcat defender and finds a wide open Greg Krusniak, right, with a pass for a score during Saturday’s game at Northview. —Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Northview’s Darren Kapustka and Kevin Rich combined to score 38 of the Wildcats 49 points. They scored all but one field goal in the final three quarters including 14 points in the third quarter as the Wildcats opened up a 36-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“They are going to play college basketball and are great players,” Haist said. “We let them play their style. When we let them get the lead they can sit back and hold the ball the rest of the game if we don’t go out and chase them.”

A basket by Torrey Davis tied the game at 36, but the Wildcats went on a 8-0 run over the next five minutes to open a 44-36 lead.

“We just tried to do things more individually tonight,” Haist said. “We had some turnovers and some charge calls where we needed to make an extra pass. All season we’ve made those and tonight we didn’t.”

Greenville — along with missed free throw opportunities by the Wildcats — pulled to within 47-45 after an Aaron Crebessa three-pointer. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t score again and Kapustka hit two more free throws to seal the win.

“Greenville has done a great job in the last handful of games against us,” Northview coach Trevor Chalmers said. “We don’t get a ton of runout scoring opportunities. They are just tremendous defensively. They keep us in check and make us work for our points.”

The Yellow Jackets held Kapustka to zero free throw attempts in their first meeting of the season. On Saturday, Kapustka was 9-for-13 from the line. Greenville — as a team — shot 6-for-9.

Kapustka finished with 21 points while Rich had 17 points.

Davis led Greenville with 12 points. Greg Krusniak added 10 points.

The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 18-1 overall. They finished the conference season 9-1 while earning the league title.

“This should wake us back up,” Haist said. “We don’t want to feel like this in nine days. Hopefully, we use this as motivation. This is what defines great teams if they can step up to adversity.”

Greenville will travel to Kenowa Hills on Tuesday to wrap up the regular season. They will face the Wildcats on March 5 at Rockford in the first round of districts.

“It’s a weird situation to see someone again that quick, especially someone in your league,” Chalmers said. “It’s going to be another battle and it gives us some confidence. We each won on our home floor and have one more at a neutral court. We’ll see what happens.”

Northview improved to 12-7 overall and finished 5-5 in the league.

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