'Just not enough points' for Northern against Chapel Hill
Down two of its regulars, Northern Vance had its chances to get within striking distance in the latter stages of Friday’s game against Chapel Hill.
But the Vikings couldn’t get shots to fall and the Tigers pulled away, sealing the 3-A Big Eight Conference win at the foul line.
Chapel Hill improved to 3-0 in league play while Northern dropped to 1-2 and 5-7 overall.
Northern head coach Wilton Baskett liked his team’s effort despite the 50-40 loss. The Vikings were without injured leading scorer and point guard Tavin Moore as well as post player Jeffrey Jones.
“I thought we played a pretty good game overall,” said Baskett. “Of course, you always want to win. But I actually thought we played a pretty good game. Just not enough points.”
Northern was within two points in the fourth quarter before a 5-0 run gave the visitors a 42-37 advantage with 3:32 to play.
Tim Buchanan and Scott Hamrick each had 11 points to lead the Vikings. Buchanan knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Hamrick had three 3s off the bench.
Hamrick’s triple from the left wing got Northern within two points entering the fourth quarter and Buchanan nailed a contested fade-away baseline jumper to cut Chapel Hill’s lead to five in the final period.
“When both of them are knocking shots down, we’re a much better ball club,” said Baskett.
Chapel Hill knocked down most of its free throws, shooting 17-of-21 at the line. Northern shot 7-for-18.
Chapel Hill’s David Caraher, a freshman post player, was 8-of-8 from the charity stripe and finished with a game-high 16 points.
Next for the Vikings is an away date at Cardinal Gibbons Tuesday.
Baskett fancies his team’s chances in conference play if it can get back to full strength with Jones and especially Moore in the lineup.
“If Jeffrey comes in and plays like he’s capable of playing,” said Baskett, “and we get Tavin back — a little more scoring to go along with Scott and Tim — I think we may be a pretty decent team before it’s all said and done.”
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