GREENVILLE — Houston … Greenville has a problem with you. Northview’s Devon Houston that is.
The Wildcats’ sophomore lit up the Yellow Jackets (5-9, 1-5) with eight baskets from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 29 points and a leading role in Northview’s 55-45 O-K Bronze win on Friday night.
Houston drained four three-pointers in the third quarter, the final two back-to-back giving Northview a 42-36 advantage late in the quarter. It was a lead Northview would not relinquish.
“We lost 12 (Houston) in the third quarter, they got ahead and unfortunately, we were without two scoring options,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “Losing (Alex) Karatkiewicz, our leading scorer and having (Parker) Syrjala home sick, those are two guys that score points for us.”
Karatkiewicz is done for the season after breaking a bone in his hand during practice this week. Syrjala, who was ill, will be back next week.
“If Houston doesn’t make those shots, Greenville can sit in their zone and make things more interesting,” Northview coach Trevor Chalmers said. “He was able to find spots to get open and he knocked them down.”
Northview (5-9, 2-4) led 44-39 in the fourth quarter when Greenville’s Greg Krusniak picked up his fourth foul. Krusniak did not like the call and subsequently picked up a technical foul, meaning his fifth and final foul of the game with 5:27 remaining.
“We have to keep our composure and that includes myself,” Haist said. “I got as involved with the officials as I was with the game. But I have to protect my guys. That’s the way I was looking at it and upset about.”
Haist was unhappy with some of the calls, or lack of calls during the second half. Krusniak finished with a team-high 25 points.
After Krusniak fouled out, the Wildcats scored the next two baskets to open up a 47-39 lead. Ian Cooper and Curtis Heppe each found the basket to pull Greenville within four points at 47-43.
Houston nailed another shot, this time just a two-pointer, to start an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach. At one point, the Yellow Jackets missed three consecutive three-point shots as Northview opened its lead.
“We went on a dry spell in the second half,” Haist said. “We have to figure out how to move the ball better against them. We’ve played nine or so times in the last three years and they know what we are doing. We have to execute through it a little better.”
Chalmers said the misses on the three-point shots allowed the Wildcats to rebound the ball better in the second half as opposed to the first half.
“I think some of their possessions were longer in shots (perimeter shots) and I think that gave us a better opportunity for rebounds,” Chalmers said. “The early rebounds they were getting were off of inside shots and easier for their bigs to grab the boards.”
Greenville led 29-26 at halftime. Krusniak scored 15 consecutive points for Greenville at one point and 17 of their first 19 points.
“Greg was on fire in the first half and that helped,” Haist said. “We did get some points out of transition in the first half. We stopped them and that led to some transition. We did not get those stops in the second half. Once they had the lead we had to change what we were doing and we panicked on offense a little.”
Despite the loss, Haist saw some positives in the game.
“We were shorthanded and had one day to prepare for that. I thought our kids battled,” Haist said. “We communicated, I saw some leadership out of a few today, which we have been looking for. I’m optimistic about tonight, even though we don’t want to lose.”
Greenville will travel to Holland West Ottawa for a rescheduled game tonight. Tip-off is schedule for 7 p.m. The freshman and junior varsity teams will play first.
NORTHVIEW 55, GREENVILLE 45
Northview 14 12 16 13 — 55
Greenville 16 13 7 8 — 45
NORTHVIEW (5-9, 2-4) — Meadows 1 0-0 2, Harmon 1 0-0 2, Kapustka 1 2-4 4, Clincy 1 0-0 2, Houston 9 3-5 29, Storms 4 0-0 4, Brown 1 2-2 4, Bockheim 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20 7-11 55. Three-point goals: Houston 8. Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.
GREENVILLE (5-9, 1-5) — Davis 0 3-5 3, Heppe 3 1-2 7, Roy 1 0-0 3, Nieto 1 1-2 3, Cooper 2 0-0 4, Krusniak 7 10-11 25. Totals: 14 15-20 45. Three-point goals: Roy, Krusniak. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: Krusniak. Technical foul: Krusniak.