Sylvania Northview traveled south on Tuesday night to Bowling Green to face the Bobcats in Northern Lakes League competition. Northview came into the game with an unblemished record, and would leave the gym on this night just the same.
To open the game and with much of the attention on Northview senior guard Alek West, West delivered one of the finest quarters of basketball you might see. Beginning the games first three possessions with an assist, basket in the paint, and a three pointer from the wing, West was sensational in the opening period. Led by the senior’s 11 points and 3 assists, Sylvania Northview would hold a 21-6 advantage over Bowling Green at the end of the 1st.
Bowling Green would make it a priority to slow down the pace of play in the 2nd quarter, raising their activity on the defensive end and on the glass. Northview would cool off shooting the basketball, allowing the Bobcats to chip away a bit and cut into the deficit, trailing Northview 14-30 at the halftime break.
Northview would come out of the break playing an aggressive brand of basketball on both ends of the floor, with senior guard Sam Clear getting hot shooting the ball from the perimeter. Their ball movement and ability to make the extra pass really strained the Bowling Green defense, allowing them to widen their lead to a 45-24 advantage after the 3rd quarter.
The talented senior duo of Isaac Elsasser and Bryce Hoehner would make their mark on this ballgame throughout much of the second half for Bowling Green and especially in the final quarter of play. While their performances and efforts were special, Northview’s cast of talent and the early lead they took in this one would just be too much to overcome. Sylvania Northview would defeat Bowling Green by a final score of 59-40.
Alek West led Northview with 13 points and 5 assists, with Sam Clear chipping in 12 points in the win. Isaac Elsasser led Bowling Green with 15 points, followed by Bryce Hoehner with 12 points in the loss.