Northvew defeats Greenville boys in district tournament

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:37 am on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Greenville junior Parker Syrjala shoots a free throw during a game earlier this season. Syrjala had 10 points in Monday’s loss to Northview at Lowell.

LOWELL — Apparently, Northview has the number of Greenville. Both boys and girls.

On Friday, the Wildcats’ girls team knocked the Yellow Jackets out of the district tournament in the finals. Then on Monday, the boys team ended the season of the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the district tournament.

Northview started the game with a 7-0 run and outscored the Yellow Jackets 21-9 after the first eight minutes.

“That was one of the things we tried to focus on. We wanted to come out and have a good first quarter,” Northview coach Trevor Chalmers said. “I knew it was going to be a tough game. That’s what we were looking for and were fortunate to get it.”

Northview drained three three-pointers in the opening quarter and eight total field goals in the quarter. Greenville managed just four field goals.

“First quarters have killed us, but it seems like teams have shot a 75 percent clip against from behind the arc in the first quarters,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “Our strength is pounding it inside and getting teams in foul trouble. You can’t do that with them.”

A Ryan Kapustka three-pointer extended the Wildcats lead to 30-12 with 3:26 remaining in the half.

Greenville, though became aggressive offensively and shots started to fall as they finished the half on a 10-0 run to trail 30-22.

Senior Miguel Nieto accounted for eight of Greenville’s 10 points.

“At the start of the game we talked about going through some highs and lows during the game,” Chalmers said. “We went through a stretch right before the half. We just needed to do a better job of recognizing the situation.”

Twice Greenville narrowed the Northview lead to six points in the third quarter, but foul trouble effected what the Yellow Jackets could do offensively.

Both Greenville big guys Ian Cooper and Greg Krusniak spent minutes on the bench in foul trouble.

“When our big guys are out, our little guys are trying to do things that isn’t our strength,” Haist said. “It’s not just one guard. We are trying to get them to score off the perimeter, but it’s not our strength as a team. It wasn’t for a lack of effort tonight.”

Greenville trailed 35-29, but the Wildcats finished off the third quarter with a 7-2 run to lead 42-31.

“They kept coming at us and we knew they would,” Chalmers said. “I thought Robbie Meadows did a good job of staying active offensively and being aggressive. There were times when he got into the paint just enough to create opportunities for others.”

Meadows finished the game with 13 points, but hit some timely shots and found open teammates when needed.

Northview opened a 16-point lead in the final quarter, while the Yellow Jackets never really challenged in the fourth.

“All of our seniors, I thought they fought as hard as they possibly could tonight,” Haist said. “Given the situation they battled back. After Thursday night (a blowout loss at Forest Hills Northern) they could have given up down 16 early, but they didn’t want to go out that way.”

Kapustka scored a game-high 16 points.

Alex Karatkiewicz — in his first game back after a hand injury — led Greenville with 14 points, Parker Syrjala and Nieto each scored 10.

Combined both teams hit 15 three-pointers. Karatkiewicz had four, while Meadows made three.

Greenville finished its season a disappointing 6-15. This just a year after a 19-2 season.

“Every year is different. Every break we caught last year went against us this year,” Haist said. “Whether is was a call, an injury or losing the close games at the end instead of winning. Some one said to me with a 10-point swing and we could have been around .500.”

Northview (8-13) will face Forest Hills Central in the district semifinal on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Lowell. Forest Hills Northern will face the host Red Arrows in the second game.

The district final is set for 7 p.m. Friday.


Greenville    9    13    9    22    —    53
Northview    21    9    12    23    —    65

GREENVILLE (6-15) — Heppe 4 0-0 9, Karatkiewicz 4 2-7 14, Syrjala 4 0-0 10, Roy 0 2-2 2, Nieto 4 0-0 10, Cooper 1 0-0 2, Krusniak 2 2-3 6. Totals: 19 6-12 53. Three-point goals: Karatkiewicz 4, Nieto 2, Syrjala 2, Heppe. Total fouls: 20. Fouled out: Krusniak.
NORTHVIEW (8-13) — Meadows 3 4-4 13, Kapustka 4 7-12 16, VanGessel 2 4-4 8, Clincy 3 1-2 7, Houston 1 0-0 3,  Crawford 3 0-0 8, Storms 3 0-0 6, Bockheim 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21 16-22 65. Three-point goals: Meadows 3, Crawford 2, Kapustka, Houston. Total fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.

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