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Northwestern Looks for Clean Sweep

Northwestern hosts Norwaye in the third meeting this year between the Wayne County Athletic League schools, this time in the first round of the division three tournament on Tuesday night.

Northwestern (11-11) has been a different team of the last six, seven weeks after a slow start to the season.

Coach Mark Alberts Jr. says he can see it the way they play. “Our team is much different then we were in the first half of the season. To the point where I went back and watched some film because we are totally different. I am really happy with what they have done. They have had a good week here in practice and we didn’t overdue it. We had a little time to rest from our triple overtime game with Orrville. Hopefully, we can kind get started off on the right foot (Tuesday) night in the tournament,” he said.

The Huskies have not played since a triple overtime win (80-77) over Orrville on February 17. Alberts says the rest has been good for them. “Really I am not concerned with rust for the fact that I think we needed some rest. We had six straight double weekends. I’m sorry most schools now a days aren’t playing double weekends every week. It kind it wore on our guys playing every Friday and Saturday. For them to have a weekend off I think kind of recharged our batteries. It was great for them from that fact. We really haven’t had that much time off from playing. We did a good job of just going about an hour and 20 minutes each day in practice. We just kept things short,” said Alberts.

Northwestern won both of the regular season meetings (54-50) in early January and (72-62) in early February. However, Alberts says the Bobcats are starting to play better. “Coach (Brian) West at Norwayne does a great job with them. He gets them prepared and ready to play every game. They have a lot of young guys, kind of like we do. They have played better here at the end of the year. They beat Smithville the other night. They almost beat Wellington, lost by a point to the number one team in our district,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “I watched them play West Holmes and Northwest, both tough games against good teams and they played them tough last week. Quinn Hiles and Ben Draper are their best players. Quinn Hiles can shoot it from anywhere. We know what we have to do guarding those guys. It is always a test when you are going up against a rival in the tournament.”

On Tuesday, according to Alberts the biggest thing is they need to get done is rebound the basketball. “We need to rebound when they miss. That is one thing we didn’t do the last time. We were up 20 and we got out rebounded by about 10 or 12 that game. We were up 20 with two minutes to go and I think it ended up 10 and that was because of the way the subs played. Rebounding is the number one key. If we give them one shot I think we are going to be a in great shape. The second thing we have to keep the pressure on them and make the game fast. We don’t want the game to be slow. We don’t want to play at their pace. We want to make the game in the 70’s and I don’t think that is where they want it at,” said Alberts.

Published 2/27/18

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Northwestern With Revenge on its Mind

Northwestern continues to play good basketball as we close the regular season. They have won six of their last seven.

The loss came to Norwalk (54-39) in non-conference play on Saturday.

Coach Mark Alberts Jr, says they are going to kind of file and forget that one. “We have tried to just put the Norwalk game out of our minds. They are a very good basketball team. After a huge emotional win on Friday and we expended a lot of energy and also the next morning. Three of our players, two starters and our sixth man took the “ACT” and they played like it on Saturday night. We are looking forward to getting back on line with a full week of practice and have the energy that we had on Friday and bring it to the table against Dalton on Friday night,” he said.

Last Friday, Northwestern beat Waynedalle (77-73) knocking the Golden Bears back into a tie for first place with Rittman in the Wayne County Athletic League. The Huskies may play them again in the upcoming division three tournament.

Alberts says the players are alright with that. “There are pros and cons to it. I was very happy that our players were excited about our tournament draw. I was worried they were going to be we really wanted to play this team or this team. A lot of them are excited about playing Norwayne again. We know what we have to get done at home and then possibly playing Waynedale they were excited,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “In their minds they said, coach, we didn’t play our best ball, we won, but they don’t want to play us again. They have that kind of mentality. Our guys are excited to see where the tournament takes us, but they definitely want to finish 9-5 and 6-1 in the second half of league and that is what they can do (Friday) night.”

Northwestern (10-10,8-5) plays Dalton (7-12, 5-8) on the road on Friday night. The Bulldogs won the first game (73-61) on January 13.

Alberts says they want to continue to prove they are a better team in the second half of the season. “They have good seniors. Dominic Dalessandro played on my “AAU” team when my son was in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade. I know some of the boys on that team. They have a great group of seniors with Andrew Kandel and then Alex Alger, guys that have played for three years it seems like, and then Joey Dalessandro. They are a little up and down, sometimes play to the level of their competition or you think they will and they come out and don’t play well. They played really well against us the first time, give them a lot credit, it was in our gym. We are looking to prove people wrong a little bit going over there,” said Alberts.

Published 2/16/18

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Northwestern Plays League Leaders

Northwestern gets a second chance against Wayne County Athletic League leader Waynedale on Friday night and the Huskies are playing a lot better than they were when they played them the first time.

Waynedale belted Northwestern (83-63) on January 6. Huskies coach Mark Alberts Jr. says that was kind of a low point of the season for them. “The first time we just weren’t playing well at that time. I felt like we were just grinding and shooting ourselves in the foot too many times. I think that we made some adjustments, made some changes. I am hoping we are a little more prepared this time to play them. We have a little bit more of an idea of what to expect, definitely. So, hopefully we can be a little better here on Friday night,” said Alberts.

Waynedale (13-5,9-2) is the conference leader by a game over Rittman and Smithville. They did lose to Dalton (62-59) in overtime their last time out on Saturday.

Alberts says they have a lot of skill. “They are very tall. They have some size at different spots in the floor. They have a 6’4” kid that plays everywhere in Derek Reber. He is a talented player. They play really, really fast, they press, they have three or four guys that can shoot from the three point line. I am very impressed with their style and how they have attacked and kind of changed themselves from last year,” he said.

Northwestern (9-9,7-5) has really turned its fortunes around over the last couple of weeks. They beat Hillsdale (64-32) on Friday and Norwayne (72-62) in conference games last week.

The Huskies play at Norwalk (10-7) of the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference on Saturday night. Alberts says when you play a Steve Gray coached team you have to be ready for a lot. “Coach Gray always has them going well. It doesn’t matter what time of the year, he is a heck of a coach. Not just because he won a state title (2014) he has been doing that a lot longer than just winning the state,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday. “You have to be prepared to play them. Haraway is really good. He can score from anywhere. He is a really good defender. They have good size inside. They have some shooters and they run good sets. They play in a good league. They do a lot of different things. It is definitely a fun challenge as you are getting close to tournament time.”

Published 2/08/18

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Northwestern Has Found a New Focus

Northwestern has won three of its last four games and their focus now is to get back to the division three district tournament, which they won last year.

Coach Mark Alberts Jr. says they have found a way to rise up. “We are trending upward as the now term says and I am very pleased how we have responded from a tough early January. We lost a senior starter who had surgery on his shoulder that was bothering him. He was a real important piece last year to our team. Guys have just kind of risen up and changed their attitude. We haven’t stopped playing hard, we have probably played harder,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “I think we have taken it as a challenge to kind of prove to everybody that we are not what our record is. That is really what impresses me is the guys have a new focus and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Northwestern made a run to the regional final last year. Alberts says he wanted to know the players thoughts on this year. “I asked the guys what they wanted to do? I said can you tell me who the district champion was last year? They kind of looked at me funny and said we were. I said, right, and we haven’t been beaten in the tournament yet. We are still defending champs. I just challenged them and put yourself in position where host a sectional game and go on the road in the sectional final and maybe pull an upset and get yourself in the district again, which is very possible in our district. Right now, they are kind of responding to that challenge,” he said.

Northwestern (7-9,5-5) plays Hillsdale (3-11,2-8) on Friday and Norwayne (5-8,3-6) in Wayne County Athletic League games on Friday and Saturday.

Alberts says Hillsdale is improved. “They beat Mansfield Temple Christian on Saturday. They play Mapleton (Tuesday) night. Mapleton is struggling this year. Hillsdale is much improved from the beginning of the year. I think we have both gotten better since we have played the first time. Eric Nichols is a first year coach and he does a great job with his program. He did a good job at Rittman, where he was girls coach, he gets the kids to play hard. I felt like the first time we played them we didn’t play well for some stretches and that’s why we had to fight hard at the end to win. I’m hoping we play better this time,” said Alberts.

When it comes to Norwayne, Alberts says they are young and still getting better too. “They lost in overtime to Smithville on Saturday night and had beaten Dalton on Friday. They have a lot of young players and they are getting seasoned. They are playing with a little more confidence right now. That is kind of the way I look at Hillsdale, even though there are some veteran guys there. Their young guys are really not their main guys. Norwayne will be a tough match up. It takes us 15 minutes to get to each school, so it’s our two rival schools on the same weekend, at least in terms of proximity,” he said.

Published 1/30/18

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Northwestern Still Looking to Find Itself

Northwestern won the Wayne County Athletic League title last season and advanced to the regional final in division three, but this year it has been a much more inconsistent year.

If “Old Man Winter” allows they play Dalton (4-5,2-4) on Friday night at home in a Wayne County Athletic League game.

Last Saturday, they were blasted by conference leader Waynedale (83-63) on a “WCAL” game. Coach Mark Alberts Jr. says it was not their best performance and hopefully this week can be different. “We had a little rough night. We didn’t play with the same energy we did the night before and Waynedale played really well. I’m a little disappointed, but I think there are some things we can pull from that. We are going to try and put it behind us, but we know we didn’t perform the way we needed to. We are ready for this weekend we have had a good week of practice and ready to go against Dalton,” he said.

Northwestern (4-7,3-3) plays at home against Dalton Friday. The Bulldogs are coming off a (58-41) loss to Rittman on Saturday.

Alberts says they have a lot kids returning from last year, but he says the Bulldogs are much different. “They have some kids returning, four that start now, they were starting five, but the one guy isn’t starting anymore, so they are a veteran group. They kind of lost a lot of their scoring and they are trying to figure things out, kind of like we are a little bit. I think they are very similar in that fact. I think they play hard,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “They have a new coach and they are kind of different than they have been in years past. They have a new coach it’s not Ben Holt, who went to Triway. It is a different team and we have to adjust to them.”

This season it is a new approach for the Bulldogs. Alberts says they are doing a lot of different things both when they the ball and when they don’t. “They run a lot more set plays. They try and push the ball a lot more and try and score in transition a lot more. They don’t press. They still play similar defense to what they did last year, where they switch every pick and just play half court defense. They never ran this many sets in the past, they ran a lot of continuity and tried to get shots and some isos. They don’t play any zone defense, at least the three games I have seen this year. Last year, they did mix it up a little bit and trap and do some different things. It is something we will have to adjust to, something we haven’t seen,” said Alberts.

Published 1/12/18

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Northwestern Needs More Consistency

Northwestern seems to be on the edge of being a pretty good team, but they just can’t get there quite yet.

They play at preseason Wayne County Athletic League favorite Rittman on Friday night.

Last Friday, the Huskies lost (71-65) to Smithville in a league game and coach Mark Alberts Jr. says they just had too many dry spells. “Smithville was kind of one of those games where we did not play the way we need to play for the entire game. Smithville is a very talented team with two really good players. I think the rest of their seniors kind of mix together well with them. We didn’t play as well as we needed to for the whole game. This week against Rittman it is going to be very similar. We need to play a lot more consistent for the 32 minutes,” said Alberts.

The Huskies (1-4,1-1) won the “WCAL” last year and advanced to the regional finals in division three. Alberts says the reason they were so good was they didn’t have these kids of lulls and that is what they are working towards. “Good teams play the entire game or they never have big lulls or stretches where they don’t play well. We are trying to get to that point. I think last year there were always times in the game when we didn’t play great, but we didn’t have very many of them and I think that is why we were so consistent throughout the year. So, hopefully that is something we can get to. Going against Rittman is going to be a tough night, but I am definitely confident in our guys that we can get after them at their place,” he said.

Rittman (5-1,1-1) also lost last week when Waynedale (71-66) beat them in a league game. Alberts says Indians have a good mix of players that can do a lot of things. “Their point guard was out and didn’t play in that game against Waynedale. I think that is a little more important than anyone wants to let on. I have watched them play and they are very talented. They have two very good players in William Swartz and Kaleb Bauman. They have had a kid move back in this year that is 6’10” and he is a little better than you realize,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “He is averaging I bet double figure points and four or five blocks a game. He is definitely a difference maker. He is not a great player, but he does some good things. They have those three and then they have a couple of other guys that played last year that can shoot. Their weakness is their bench. It will be interesting to see if we can combat what they have.”

Northwestern plays Colonel Crawford (5-1) in the Steve Smith Classic at the College of Wooster on Saturday. Alberts says it is a game where they will need to be outstanding. “I know that coach Sheldon does a great job with his team. McCreary is really good. He is one of the sophomores. I am anxious to see them and what kind of team they are. I know they had a nice year last year. I am anxious to see how we stack up against them,” he said.

Published 12/22/17

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Northwestern Faces Smithville

Northwestern won the Wayne County Athletic League title last season and they are off to a 1-0 start heading into a league game at home Friday night against Smithville.

They beat Chippewa (73-55) last week in their league opener. That is their only win so far, but coach Mark Alberts Jr. says they have played a very tough schedule and have been competitive. “We won our first league and it also happened to be at home and that is nice. We lost three other close games to good non-league teams. One team is undefeated in Woodridge and Clear Fork is 3-1 and Triway is 2-1. When you are tied with a minute to go or less in two of those you have a chance to win. It was nice to get off to that good start against Chippewa in the league,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “With Smithville coming in it is definitely going to be a challenge. They are picked to be one of the front runners in the league with Rittman. We definitely have a challenge in front of us on Friday night.”

Smithville (1-2,0-1) lost last week to Waynedale (60-49) in their league opener. Alberts says they have two really outstanding players. “They have two really good players and they probably do 70 percent of their scoring. Jacob Reed is a 6’4” returning post-forward. He likes to shoot the three, posts up a little bit, jumps well. He was first team all league last year. They have a point guard named Trevor Pertee, a solid point guard and he averaged 15 last year. Jacob Reed was picked as the number one player in the Daily Record area. Our guys are definitely excited to play against him,” he said.

Alberts says their plan Friday night is two limit the impact of Reed and Pertee without letting the other Smithies go crazy on them. “We have to make sure we control those two guys. You always go into it wanting to control good players, but they do so much scoring we want to make it tough on them. Waynedale beat them last week and held them to 49 points and they had half of those if not more. So, we want to control them, but not let the other guys have big games. If they do that then you are in trouble. Offensively we are not sure what they are going to do. They beat Orrville playing a certain way and I am kind of anxious to see how they play us,” said Alberts.

Published 12/15/17

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Northwestern Ready to Move Forward

Northwestern is really just a whisker away from being 2-0, but the Huskies are instead 0-2 and looking for their first win in their Wayne County Athletic League opener against Chippewa on Friday night.

After leading after the first quarter in their opener against Wooster Triway they lost to the Titians (56-49) on the road.

Coach Mark Alberts Jr. says it was a game they had a good chance to win. “Against Triway we are up 20-11 after the first quarter and we have 10 fouls on us in the first quarter and they precede to call seven more on us in the second and I have four starters setting on the bench, two of them with three and two of them with two and another guy with two that had to play. That was not how we wanted to start and we got outscored in that second quarter 19-3,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “Now, to start the day my 6’5” 250 pound sophomore center, who was going to be our sixth man got suspended from school and missed that game and proceeded to miss the Clear Fork game. That was another bit of adversity our kids had to adjust to. I was really proud how we fought back and tied it at 49 with a 1:40 to go and give one of their boys credit, he buried a big three and then we missed a couple of threes and turned it over and fouled with like 10 seconds left.”

It was really a pretty similar game in a (68-64) loss to Clear Fork on Saturday night. Alberts says they were right there in the end. “The same thing happened against Clear Fork. We played really well in the first, third and fourth quarter and didn’t play well in the second quarter. We ended up being down eight at halftime after being outscored by nine in the second. We fought back and fought back and tied the game at 64. There was a phantom call with 14 seconds left and Clear Fork is a nice free throw shooting team and they made two free throws and we turned it over. We were inches away from being 2-0 and we end up being 0-2. So, our boys learned a lot and they did some good things. Friday night it a big night for us to kind of get off on the right foot in the league,” said Alberts.

The Northwestern coach says they have this is going to be an important week of practice for the Huskies. “I saw Chippewa, who played Tusky Central Catholic on Tuesday and Chippewa ended up winning 48-36 and they played hard. You set there and watch what they do and think now we are ready and we actually saw the team and go out and be prepared for what they do. I think it is more about matching the intensity and playing at the level we need to play at. I think you develop that by having good weeks of practice and hope that are guys are ready for that. I know that they had a sour taste in their mouth after last weekend. They are excited to be back on the floor,” he said.

Alberts says he expects the Chipps to play hard for their new coach and they do have some returning experience. “They have three guys back from last year that started. We played them at the end of the year last year, I always look at the last time we played them, not the first time. They have a new coach in Denny Shrock’s boy T.J. Shrock. Denny Shrock is the head girls coach at Chippewa. They have a new outlook on their team. Here early in the season they are going to play pretty darn hard and buy into what their coach is saying. I am anxious to see how we respond to it. Those three returning lettermen will be their keys in Spencer Bailey, Charlie Hemminger, and Steven Rose. It should be a fun night here Friday,” said Alberts.

Published 12/06/17

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Huskies Healthy and Ready to Get Started

Northwestern is getting more healthy and that is going to make them a better basketball team.

Coach Mark Alberts Jr. says they got some good news this week and they are about as healthy as they can expect to be more a while. “We have everybody at practice except one guy that ruptured his achilles in June and he is hoping to come back in January some time. It was great at have everybody there. Our one senior Mason Wilhelmy had a shoulder injury. It was kind of interesting because we just wanted him to know if he could play or not this season. I felt bad for him not knowing and once he got the news that he is physically fine with his shoulder just making sure he wasn’t going to hurt it anymore. He is going to go and do as much as he can. This weekend he will get to play,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “He won’t start this weekend, but he will definitely come off the bench and get some minutes and see where his conditioning is at and hopefully in the next couple of weeks kind of envision that starting lineup that we had hoped to see.”

Northwestern travels to Wooster Triway on Friday night and hosts Clear Fork on Saturday in non-conference games.

Alberts says there have been some changes at Trwiay, but they feel they are prepared for the Titans. “Their coach is the former coach at Dalton, so I went back and watched a couple of our Dalton films from last year and watched our Triway game from last year, so we know some of Triway’s personnel they have got back. They have had some guys not go out. Three starters from last year’s game against us who were all underclassmen are not playing. Now, their best player is back in Gabe Walker. We are expected that Ben Holt, who was at Dalton and is now at Triway, will feature him kind of the way he did Mitchell Clark last year with Dalton. Gabe Walker is a great player and he got 18 a game last year. That is their only double figure scorer that they have got back from last year. We know what to expect there. It is always tough when you go over to the Pit,” said Alberts.

The Huskies had played Clear Fork in scrimmages for years, but this is the first time they have played them in a real game. Alberts says the Colts are going to be talented, especially at the guard spots. “We have played Clear Fork in the scrimmages, so we at least know some of their personnel. I know they lost a few starters from last year and that great tournament run, but they have some good young players coming back. I know their freshmen class is very good. A sophomore guard, who is their point guard, played on J.J. Kline’s “AAU” team, one of my sophomores and Kade Mellott, another sophomore, they all played together in the summer. We know a little bit about them. It is a little bit weird because we are not scrimmaging them this year and we are actually playing them,” he said.

Published 11/30/17

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Northwestern Trying to Recover

Northwestern, the defending Wayne County Athletic League champs, must replace one of the state’s best post players in Derek Koch, plus they are dealing with a lot of injuries, but they just might be okay in the long run.

Coach Mark Alberts Jr. says they have a lot of pretty good players that return, but right now a lot of them are hurt. “Every year is new and that is what high school basketball is all about. Unfortunately, you lose some classes and those kids move on. You have new players and different young guys that take their place and new senior classes. We have a lot of nice kids that are coming through our program right now. Our biggest thing is we are just trying to get healthy from football. We have five guys that played a lot of minutes for us last year. One of the boys ruptured his achilles in the summer, so he is out until January, and then we have two boys that played major roles. Two other seniors that played a ton last year, one that started in Park Smith and my son Jared Alberts, that are playing right now. We have a lot of moving parts,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “We had a scrimmage where I thought we played very hard (Wednesday) night at Ontario. It was our first scrimmage because of injuries. I’m pleased with the progress we have made since the first practice. It definitely could be an interesting year, but I think health is a major thing with our team moving through the year.”

Alberts says they have been forced to change a lot of what they do on offense, but he feels the kids are learning it well. “We have changed everything this year with our offense and added a lot of different things. We had to after losing a guy like Derek Koch. So, it has taken time to learn that as well, but it is really getting a lot better. I think we will be much better by the end of the season, maybe you might even start seeing it mid season and you will say something has clicked with them. I think we have enough depth and players that we are going to be ready for the start of the season when we go over to Triway on December 1,” said Alberts Jr.

When it comes to the Wayne County Athletic League, Alberts thinks it should be an interesting season with a lot of teams in a similar situation. “We have been fortunate to have a lot of good seasons at Northwestern and we have developed a very nice program, but I think our league is going to be interesting this year because there were graduation losses for every team. I think there is always a team that has a bunch of guys back, but everybody has lost some people. You can point to some people that have played a lot of underclassmen, but we all have, so we are all kind of in the same boat. I am anxious to see where that leaves us and how it plays out in the league this year,” he said.

Published 11/17/17

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Northwestern Advances to Elite Eight

 

          Northwestern outscored Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (44-36) in the second half and went on to beat the Knights (75-67) in the division three regional semi-finals Wednesday night at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse.

          They play Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph for a state tournament berth on Saturday night in Canton.

          In a first half of runs, St. Thomas Aquinas led (21-19) after the first quarter and the game was tied (31-31) at the half. 

          In the third quarter, the Huskies took the lead (42-40) on a 30 footer by point guard Parker Smith with 2:45 left in the quarter and went on to outscore the Knights (10-5) to close the quarter with a four point (49-45) advantage.

          They then began the final stanza with another run (10-6) run over the first 4:06 of the quarter to take a (59-51) lead and force a St. Thomas timeout.

          Coach Mark Alberts Jr. believes it was defense that turned the tide for the Huskies.  “I thought our defense the second half was much more active.  We went to a zone right at the end of the first half and I thought it looked good.  The second half I thought guys we much more engaged and we got to their shooters a little bit better.  They didn’t have Summers in the game and that definitely helped.  We only had to worry about a couple of guys on the floor instead of three.  I thought our guys did a better job rebounding the ball in the second half.  We made some really big hustle plays, which translated into some easy baskets for us,” said Alberts.

          Mason Wilhelmy converted a layup and two three pointers during a two minute span of the late third and early fourth quarter to give his team a spurt.  Alberts says once they were able to get some stops and some easier looks and then they started to relax a little more.  “I thought getting a few easy shots helped open up our perimeter and helped open up some things that maybe we weren’t doing early on.  I think the guys were more relaxed as the game went on,” he said.

          The Huskies built a nine point lead at (63-54) with 2:08 left on a hoop by Bowling Green recruit Derek Koch, but the Knights fought back and cut it just two (65-63) two free throws by Jaret Knox with 57 seconds remaining.

          Alberts says they made some mistakes, but they were able to make seven of eight free throws down stretch and get some big stops too.  “You know what?  We did some uncharacteristic things,” he told Swankonsports.com after the game, “We had a couple of bad shots.  We had a couple of dumb fouls.  We had a turnover in there.  The pressure was definitely immense.  I think our guys made a couple of mistakes there.  Fortunately we were able to hit a couple of free throws and then we got a stop and a rebound and we were able to get a couple of easy buckets to kind of push the lead back to six.  We got it up to eight and they knew that we would have to miss and they would have to make a couple of easy baskets.  Our guys stayed mentally tough and that is a tribute to them.”

          Smith paced Northwestern (22-5) with 26 points on the night, Koch added 22, and Wilhelmy finished with 10.  Knox had 18 for the Knights.

          The Huskies winners of their last 18 in a row play Villa-Angela St. Joseph (20-6,) a (87-47) winner over Garfield on Wednesday night at the Fieldhouse, in the regional final.

          Alberts says they will be playing a very athletic team that plays very hard.  “Cleveland St. Joe’s is an outstanding team.  They play a great schedule.  They get great athletes there.  They play really hard and I think their defense makes their offense go.  They have a 6’8” sophomore named Alonzo Gaffney that you will see some day on TV with someone big, he is that good.  He still has a lot of things to polish and get better at his game. They had Carlton Bragg a few years ago and all of those great players and he is right in that.  I think you will see him do some special things.  They have some quick athletes and good players.  They play hard and I think their schedule benefits them.  So, we are going to have to handle some pressure and do some things like that to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Alberts.

 

 

Published 3/16/17

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