MAYFIELD — The Northville boys’ basketball team made the most of its second meeting against rival Mayfield, as the Falcons survived a Panthers rally to win the Western Athletic Conference showdown 69-67 in overtime.
Northville (7-5) led by double digits in the third quarter, but Mayfield (6-7) owned the fourth quarter, outscoring its rival 14-8 and sending the contest into overtime at 59-59 after Trevor Ruberti’s 3-point shot from the top of the key as time expired. In overtime, Northville’s Daniel VanNostrand scored six of the Falcon’s 10 points, including four of his 13 converted free throws on the night, and the Falcons secured the win with one last defensive stop in the final seconds.
“I think we played as a team, found our rhythm and let the game come to us,” said Northville’s Jacob Frank, who scored a game-high 30 points. “This means everything, and I can’t wait to go home and celebrate.”
Northville coach John Karbowski lamented that his club “missed a lot of free throws down the stretch, [had] a couple lapses on defenses late, a couple empty possessions late in the game,” to help allow Mayfield to force overtime.
But he was never worried about an extra session on the road at Mayfield.
“Worst case, we’re heading into overtime and we’re going to win it in overtime,” Karbowski said he told his team. “We’re O.K. we dominated three quarters of the game, if not more; we’re going to dominate the rest of the game.”
In the extra session Northville, continued to own the boards and advance to free throw line, its bread-and-butter combination throughout the contest. Northville converted 18 of 28 free-throw attempts compared to Mayfield’s 11 of 17, while the Falcons outrebounded the Panthers 36-24.
Mayfield had earned the win in the first meeting of the season between the Fulton County rivals with a 57-52 victory at Northville in the Woodward Tournament.
“We wanted to get them back so bad because it was our own house, our own tournament, and we just couldn’t get it done,” VanNorstrand said. “That put a chip on our shoulder, and we worked hard in practice every day.”
That included focusing on outrebounding the Panthers in Tuesday night’s game.
“We knew we were taller than them, bigger and stronger, and did a lot of rebounding drills in practice and got after it a lot,” VanNorstrand said.
VanNorstrand finished with 23 points. He made 13 of 17 free throws in the contest.
“They lived on the foul line and got the ball inside really well,” Mayfield coach Jon Goodemote said.
After forcing overtime, Mayfield nearly forced a second overtime. Britain Goodemote’s basket with 5.2 seconds left brought the Panthers within 67-66, VanNorstrand made two more free throws to put Northville up 69-66 and, then, Northville elected to send Cameron Abdella to the foul line rather than allow Mayfield to try for a game-tying 3.
“They had a smart play to foul and put us on the line,” coach Goodemote said.
Abdella hit the first free throw, but his second attempt resulted in a violation when his intentional miss didn’t contact the rim. From there, Northville was able to inbound the ball and run out the clock.
Mayfield was led by Britain Goodemote 18 points and 10 rebounds with teammate Jacob Petoff also adding 18 points in the loss.
NORTHVILLE 69, MAYFIELD 67
Northville 16 19 16 8 10 — 69
Mayfield 13 15 17 14 8 — 67
Northville scoring: Artikuski 2-0-4, Frank 13-1-30, VanNostrand 5-13-23, Cordone 1-4-6, Sira 1-0-2, Tamilitis 2-0-4. Northville scoring: Abdella 3-1-8, Scunziano 0-0-0, Jones 3-0-7, Goodemote 5-3-18, Ruberti 4-3-14, Petoff 7-4-18, Foreman 1-0-2. Northville totals 24-28-69, Mayfield totals 23-11-67.