Northview moves to 4-0 after winPublished 5:25pm Monday, December 16, 2013
The Northview High School basketball dominated Freeport from start to finish in a 68-47 win Friday night.
The Chiefs improved to 4-0 overall on the season with the win, despite being without Neino Robinson, arguably the team’s best player, who was playing the Subway All-Star football game. The majority of the offense ran through Escambia County High School transfer Tony McAroy.
“Tony McAroy showed his senior leadership in the absence of Neino,” Coach Mandell Smith said. “It felt like we played a good team game overall.”
McAroy finished with 28 points, while Trent Howard added 16 points. Cameron Newsome added 12 points, while Nick Lambert and Eric Williams had five points each.
The Chiefs led Freeport 16-9 early in the second quarter and never looked back, increasing the lead throughout the quarter and taking a 29-17 margin into halftime.
The Chiefs increased their lead to 57-32 at the end of the third quarter.
Brodie Amos got a steal for the Chiefs to start the fourth quarter, but couldn’t convert foul shots at the other end. Freeport scored to cut into the lead.
Amos missed a 3-pointer at the other end and Newsome got the board, but was whistled for over-the-back.
Freeport cut the lead to 19 points at 57-38 after a pair of misses by the Chiefs on offense, with 5:07 left in the game. Northview increased the lead again after a McAroy steal, which led to a bucket at the other end, with 4:35 left.
Freeport got within 14 points after hitting a shot at the 2:58 mark.
McAroy hit two free throws to increase the Chiefs’ lead to 61-45, but Freeport answered with a shot of its own to make the score 61-47, with 2:28 left.
After being fouled, McAroy hit one of two foul shots. Newsome then grabbed a rebound to increase the lead. Howard picked the ball off and took it down to the other end to score for Northview and end the game at 68-47.