NORTHVILLE - After losing to Mayfield by a single point earlier this season, the Northville Falcons were looking to avenge the loss when they hosted the Panthers Wednesday night.
Danny Reidell hit the first two baskets for Northville in the opening minute of the game for a quick 4-1 lead and the Falcons were never challenged as they defeated Mayfield 60-38 for their second Western Athletic Conference victory of the season.
"That was one of the things we talked about before the game - going out, getting an early lead and not looking back," Northville coach John Karbowski III said. "The intensity throughout on offense was good tonight. It is the first time this year we have played well start to finish."
Northville’s Danny Reidell (20) puts up a shot while under pressure from Mayfield’s Joe Ringer (3) and Jordan VanNostrand (24) Wednesday night at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Falcons (4-9 overall, 2-7 WAC) got six points from Reidell in the opening quarter, while the Panthers (6-7 overall, 5-6 WAC) countered with Riley Yager scoring five of Mayfield's seven points in the opening period as they trailed 14-7.
Offensively, the teams played even through the opening minutes of the second quarter. However, aggressive defensive pressure resulted in off-setting technical fouls being called midway through the quarter.
The Falcons maintained their lead through the period before hitting a short burst at the end of the period to carry a 29-19 lead into the locker room at the break.
Mayfield came out on the attack after intermission, going on a 9-2 run to cut the Falcons lead to three, 31-28, with 3:04 left in the third quarter.
The Falcons regained their composure to outscore Mayfield 10-4 in the final 2:30, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Kalob Russell to take a 41-32 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
"I don't think it was too big of a hole we dug, just that our momentum was stopped quick and that was it," Mayfield coach Brian VanNostrand said. "Once it was stopped, we couldn't get over that hump. We had them with a few minutes left but the momentum stopped and we couldn't get it back."
Northville kept the momentum going on their side, hitting seven unanswered points to start the quarter to build a 48-32 advantage before slowing the ball down and working the clock to close out the 60-38 WAC North win.
"It [clock management] is one of the things we work on in practice but have not had much opportunity to do in a game situation," Karbowski said. "It is something we need to do as we move forward into sectionals. I thought our hustle from start to finish was good. We were getting to the loose balls and I thought we did a decent job on the boards."
Yager led Mayfield with seven points and seven rebounds, while Josh Gallup had seven points, four rebounds and three assists. Luke VanNostrand chipped in the six points and seven rebounds.
"We made some mental mistakes but I thought we did better tonight than we have been doing," Coach VanNostrand said. "They are coming together and becoming a team and as a coach that is good to see."
Reidell finished the night with 22 points, while Russell added 17. David Onzo added 10 rebounds to the Falcons victory.
"You have to give credit to our guys for playing tough defense," Karbowski said. "I keep telling them that defense leads to offense and it did tonight. We were getting some turnovers and scoring off them. Late in the game we slowed it down and used the clock to our advantage."
Northville will look for its second straight win Friday night when it travels to Fort Plain (8-6 overall, 6-4 WAC) for a WAC North contest.
Mayfield will have a short break before traveling to face Mekeel Christian Academy Tuesday night.
Northville 60, Mayfield 38
Mayfield7 12 13 6 - 38
Northville14 15 12 19 - 60
Ringer 1-0-3, Gallup 2-3-7, Yager 3-1-7, L. VanNostrand 2-2-6, Briggs 2-0-4, Lanza 1-1-4, J. VanNostrand 0-3-3, Thompson 2-0-4. Totals: 13-10-38.
Onzo 1-2-4, Russell 6-4-17, Jonas 3-2-9, Reidell 8-5-22, Edwards 3-0-6, Holmes 1-0-2. Totals: 22-13-60.
3-point goals: Mayfield 2 (Ringer, Lanza); Northville 3 (Russell, Jonas, Reidell).