by Gary Andrews
The Northfield varsity boys' basketball team ended their season at Tipton Saturday, falling to Wapahani 66-43 in their opening game of the regional.
For three quarters Saturday, the Norse gave the heavily favored Raiders all they wanted, before some cold Norse shooting to end the third quarter and the start of the fourth did them in.
After Wapahani jumped out to a quick 4-0 start the Norse got their first two points off a Collin Dawes steal, hitting Tanner Wilcox for the lay-up to make it 4-2. At 6-2, Jon Richardson drained a three that was answered by a three from the Raiders.
Richardson would hit again on another Dawes steal and trailed just 9-7 halfway through the quarter. The hot shooting Raiders would hit another three and back it up with two free throws to stretch their lead to 14-7.
Wilcox and Richardson would then hit back-to-back buckets to cut the lead to 14-11, then Wapahani ended the quarter with another three to lead 17-11 after one.
Wapahani would strike first in the second quarter with a free throw and a three to increase their lead to 21-11 before Ryan Keaffaber found the bucket for the first time.
The Norse defense tightened, causing a couple Raider turnovers that Northfield capitalized on with Wilcox and Dawes scoring to make it, followed by Keaffaber's second bucket to cut the Wapahani lead to 21-19. Wapahani would out score Northfield 7-2 the last two minutes to lead 28-2 at the half.
Early in the third Jon Richardson found the range behind the arch and Ryan Keaffaber hit with a little over 4:00 remaining to make it 32-27. Wapahani would stretch the lead to nine points before a Marcus Kroh bucket made it 36-28, but the potent Raiders kept hitting and built their lead to 42-30 with 1:30 left.
Keaffaber would then connect on a three and Wilcox a free throw to make it 42-34 with 0:55 seconds left, with the Raiders milking the clock for a last second shot, which they hit to end the quarter leading the Norse 44-34.
The fourth quarter was all Wapahani as they started the quarter on a 9-0 run to open a 53-34 gap. Tanner Wilcox and Marcus Kroh would cut the lead to thirteen points with buckets, but the Raiders were just to much, out scoring Northfield 22-9 in the fourth quarter for the 66-43 final score.
Leading the Norse was Tanner Wilcox with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist and 1 steal. Ryan Keaffaber added 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Jon Richardson had 10 points, 1 rebound. Marcus Kroh had 3 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Carter Frieden added 2 points, 1 rebound. Collin Dawes had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assist, 2 steals. Noah Shear had 2 points.
The Norse ended the season with a 17-8 record.