One simple word and one simple philosophy led the Windsor boys basketball team past Northridge 54-52 Friday night.
Windsor (7-5, 3-0 Tri-Valley) got all it could handle from Northridge, but the Wizards had an answer when things got close.
The first quarter was low scoring but intense. Neither team was able to grab momentum but both teams were fiercely competitive, evidenced by both teams receiving technical fouls in the first quarter.
The second quarter began with both teams tied at 10. The low score didn’t last long as both offenses started clicking. Northridge took the lead in dramatic fashion when Lucas Vigil hit a deep 3-pointer to tie the game at 15-15. The tie was quickly broken when Thomas Silva slashed through the lane for an easy layup to give the Grizzlies a 17-15 lead.
Windsor answered as it did all night with points from beyond the arc. First was Matthew Thiemann, who quieted the crowd with a quick three to put Windsor back ahead 18-17. The second quarter ended in similar fashion for Windsor as with just a 4 seconds remaining senior Tanner Bohm hit a three from the top of the key to cement Windsor’s lead at halftime 25-22.
Northridge (7-5, 2-2 Tri-Valley) answered back in the second half behind the strong play of senior Jason Barraza. After going scoreless in the second quarter, he dominated the paint, scoring 9 points and 5 rebounds in the third quarter and 7 points in the fourth quarter. He finished with 22 points on the night.
“In the second half we started to call a lot of plays for [Jason],” Northridge Head Coach Terry Anderson said. “We know that he’s a big-time player and a very capable player and he’s done that all year. We just tried to ride him that second half and he did a great job of stepping up to the plate and making big plays for us.”
The game was close throughout the late stages of the second half but no shots were more clutch than those of Bohm. He knocked in two 3-pointers from the corner that ultimately helped Windsor get a hard earned win.
While everyone could see how big his points were, Bohm is modest and credits his teammates for his success.
“The team set good screens and we all work good as a team. Whoever is open gets the shot,” Bohm said.
Bohm got open a lot and hit key shots. Every basket he made was a 3 and he finished with 12 points on the night.
Clutch three’s don’t tell the entire story. Following a score by Northridge late in the game to make it a two point game, the Wizards had a chance to end things if they could convert free throws. The front end of a one and one opportunity missed and Windsor’s Viktor Kaiser grabbed an offensive rebound preventing Northridge one last opportunity to tie or win the game.
Despite Northridge falling just short, Windsor Head Coach Dustin Duncan was impressed with how the Grizzlies played and expects games them to improve after playing such a competitive game.
“This was a big game for both teams and in the long run I think it’s gonna help both teams.”
The Wizards remain undefeated in league play with the victory. While some teams would feel extra pressure to keep such a record going, Duncan said it’s not that way with Windsor.
“Our kids know that when teams see Windsor that it’s probably one they circle on the schedule,” Duncan said.
NHS - 10 12 17 13 52
WHS - 10 15 16 13 54
NHS - Luis Vigil - 5 points, Jason Barraza 22 points, John Wieting 2 points, Kayson Werner 8 points, Jay Frye 3 points, Brenden Fulton 6 points, Chase Curley 2 points, Elijah Llamas 4 points
WHS - Drew Bunday 6 points, Tanner Bohm 12 points, Dalton Walker 14 points, David Watson 7 points, Viktor Kaiser 2 points, Landon Schmidt 6 points, Matthew Thiemann 7 points