The second-seeded Falcons led early before the third-seeded Scots got hot from behind the 3-point line, burying 15 3-pointers in a 71-59 victory.
“My guys left everything on the floor,” Northville coach John Karbowski said. “When a team shoots like that, what can you do?”
Peyton Lufkin scored 27 points to lead Argyle, while Derek Liddle added 22 points. Liddle hit six 3-pointers, Lufkin and Hunter Ingram each had three, Tyler Humiston had two and Parker Frost added one as the Scots were 15-for-32 from behind the 3-point line.
“Credit to Argyle, they’re a very good team,” Karbowski said. “They’re a very good shooting team and they’re very quick.”
Jason Ellsworth scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Northville, while Wyatt Sira finished with 18 points. Daniel VanNostrand added 11 points.
Early in Wednesday’s game the Falcons traded baskets with Argyle, which hit three first-quarter 3-pointers.
However, Northville countered by dominating underneath, finishing the first quarter with a 20-14 lead. Ellsworth had seven first-quarter points for the Falcons, Sira had six and Jacob Frank added five.
Northville extended its advantage to 27-14 early in the second quarter before turnovers allowed Argyle an opportunity to get back in the game.
“Early on we were executing very well,” Karbowski said. “We got sloppy offensively.”
After a timeout with 6:50 to play in the second quarter, the Scots used a 16-0 run to take a 30-27 lead.
Nine of those points came on a pair 3-pointers from Lufkin and one from Ingram.
“That spurt hurt,” Karbowski said. “We turned the ball over a couple of times, and in a game like this, it changes the game.”
Instead of heading into the half with a healthy lead, Northville found itself facing a 37-31 deficit after Argyle scored 23 points in the quarter.
The second half began much like the first half ended for the Falcons as Lufkin, who pushed his career total to 2,072 points, started the third-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer.
“Early on we were guarding the 3-point line,” Karbowski said. “Later on we were a step slow. Maybe we were tired. I don’t know.”
The Falcons trailed by as many as nine points in the quarter before a last 5-0 burst pulled them to within 50-46 heading into the final quarter.
Sira had eight points in the third quarter for Northville.
“We had it within four,” Karbowski said. “I knew if we could get a couple stops, we could go inside. We didn’t get those stops.”
Instead, Argyle put the game out of reach, starting the final quarter with a 15-4 burst that featured five 3-pointers to make it 65-50 with 3:19 to play.
“We were just a step slow getting out on their shooters,” Karbowski said. “Historically, teams don’t shoot well here. They didn’t shoot well early, but they got hot.”
The Scots went on to outscore Northville 21-13 in the fourth quarter to seal the win. It marked the fourth time since 2014 that the Falcons lost in the postseason to the Scots.
Argyle (14-8 overall), which last won the Class D title in 2017, advances to face top-seeded North Warren (20-2 overall) in Saturday’s championship game at 11 a.m. at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. The Cougars edged fifth-seeded Germantown (12-10) in their semifinal game, 64-61, on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Nate Hopper.
Northville finished its season with a 13-9 overall record.
“We’re losing some key players,” Karbowski said. “We’ve got some key pieces coming back and we’re going to get back to work tomorrow to try to get back here next year.”
Argyle 71, Northville 59
Argyle 14 23 13 21 — 71
Northville 20 11 15 13 — 59
Lufkin 9-6-27, Ingram 3-0-9, Liddle 8-0-22, Humiston 2-0-6, Frost 1-0-3, Wood 1-2-4. Totals 24-8-71.
Morgan 0-1-1, Frank 3-2-8, Ellsworth 8-5-21, Sira 7-3-18, VanNostrand 4-0-11. Totals 22-11-59.
3-point goals: Argyle 15 (Liddle 6, Lufkin 3, Ingram 3, Humiston 2, Frost); Northville 4 (VanNostrand 3, Sira).