Northern outscored 18-2 in fourth quarter of 54-27 loss

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 09:48 PM

Northern Vance was held to four points in the final 11 minutes of Wednesday’s 54-27 loss to Cardinal Gibbons.

The Vikings were outscored 18-2 in the fourth quarter of the 3-A Big Eight Conference battle that resembled a collegiate Big Ten scrum for much of the evening.

“I think our choices we made on the floor were bad,” said Northern head coach Wilton Baskett. “And then we shot horrible in the second half. I mean horrible.”

Northern trailed 19-5 after the first quarter before going into halftime down 25-17. The Vikings were within six points before the visitors ended the third quarter on a 7-2 run.

Northern shot 2-of-15 from 3-point range on the game and missed all eight attempts in the second half. No Viking scored in double figures and Damion Bobbitt came off the bench to lead the team with eight points, each scored in the first half.

“The great ball movement we had in the first half just totally disappeared in the second half,” said Baskett.

Baskett was just as unhappy with his team’s defense, which proved difficult for Gibbons to solve in the second and third quarters especially.

“That’s been our story for about the last four games,” said Baskett. “Our defense on our end is fantastic. Our defense in the second half is horrible.”

Logan Bunn led the Crusaders with 18 points and shot 3-of-6 from downtown. Gibbons shot 4-of-11 from 3 on the game. Moses Morocki had the other triple and finished with 17 points.

The Vikings’ second leading scorer was James Alexander with seven points, also scored off the bench.

Northern’s leading scorer Tavin Moore was held without a bucket as the Vikings dropped to 1-10 in conference play. Gibbons improved to 7-4 and trails league leader Chapel Hill as well as Southern Durham and Orange in the standings.

Northern visits Chapel Hill on Friday.

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