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Tigers deny Logan View upset bid

by Nathan Arneal
published 1/14/09

The Logan View boys reminded North Bend why games aren’t played on paper.

The Raiders, who entered the game with an 0-9 record, gave 5-1 North Bend all it could handle Thursday night.

But in the end, the Tigers used a strong finish to secure a sixth win and move their conference record to 3-0 on the season with a 69-58 victory.
The game featured two contrasting styles, with Logan View doing most of its damage from the perimeter and North Bend working its advantage in the paint.

“That was our game plan all along,” NBC coach Fred Ladehoff said. “We thought we could be successful on the inside, but we just weren’t quite as good defending what they did as we hoped to be. They stuck it to us.”

The Raiders made 10 three pointers, just one fewer than the number of two-point field goals they converted. Sophomore Robbie Wacker led the visitors with 30 points, including six three-pointers.

“They’ve got some excellent shooters,” Ladehoff said, “and we weren’t quite understanding that you need to challenge every shot. As the game wore on we had some rotation problems in our zone and we left some guys open.”

After a first quarter that saw seven lead changes and four ties, Logan View built a nine-point lead with 6:07 left in the second quarter. Wacker scored 15 straight points for the Raiders as they built their lead.

Logan View suddenly went cold, and failed to score for the next 4:18 as North Bend went on a 12-0 run capped off by back-to-back baskets by Ethan Bauer. The scoring spree gave NBC a 28-25 lead.

On a play that was dangerously close to offensive goal tending, Bauer tipped in a basket with 18 seconds left in the half to give NBC a 32-31 advantage at the break.

NBC came out in the second half looking to assert itself more inside, as Tony Hartman scored eight of the Tigers’ first 10 points from the post.
Hartman said he and his teammates were just taking what the defense was giving them.

“We’ll get what we can get,” the senior said. “We try to pound the ball inside, and if we don’t have a shot, we’ll kick it back outside.”

NBC led by as much as eight in the third period before Logan View cut the lead to 48-45 seconds before the end of the third period.

That three-point lead would be as close as the Raiders got as NBC slowly added to its lead throughout the final period.

Hartman said the close brush with a winless team shows that the Tigers still have plenty of work ahead of them.

“We know we have to practice harder,” Hartman said. “We can’t come into a game thinking we’re going to roll somebody.”

North Bend played most of the fourth quarter without senior power forward Tyler Kingston, who is fighting through back pain. Ladehoff said Kingston’s availability will be day-to-day for the near future.

Bauer led the Tigers with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting, as North Bend shot 69 percent from the field for the game. Hartman added 18 points and Drew Hines contributed 16 points and 10 assists. Bauer also led NBC in rebounding with nine boards while Hartman collected seven.

North Bend played Arlington Tuesday and will travel to Bergan Friday.

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