A big third quarter propelled Northwest to a win over Beatrice Friday night.
The Orangemen fell to the Vikings 66-51 at the Ozone in Beatrice. The Orangemen trailed by just two points at half time, but a 13-0 run to start the third quarter by the Vikings sunk Beatrice.
Bennett Crandall opened the game’s scoring with a free throw, but Northwest came back with six straight points to make it 6-1.
Baskets by Elliot Jurgens and Griffen Vater cut the deficit to one, but a three pointer by the Vikings ended the quarter, making it 9-6.
Vater opened the second quarter with back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 9-9. After a Northwest basket, Andrew Mahoney hit two free throws to tie it up.
Devin Smith then answered a Northwest basket to tie it again at 13-13. Northwest regained a two point lead, but Vater’s three pointer gave the Orangemen the lead at 16-15.
Northwest scored the next six points to open a 21-16 lead. A free throw by Jurgens and a basket by Mahoney ended the first half scoring with Northwest leading 21-19.
Northwest’s offense exploded in the third quarter. They opened up with a 13-0 run to extend their lead to 34-19.
Mahoney finally ended the run with a three pointer, but the Vikings came right back with a three pointer to make it 37-22.
Crandall scored three of the game’s next four points from the free throw line to make it 38-25. Vater answered a Northwest basket with two free throws. Smith then answered two Northwest free throws with a three pointer to make it 43-30 after three quarters.
Northwest scored the first two points of the fourth quarter, but Beatrice tried to crawl back into it from there.
Vater started an 8-0 run with a basket and Mahoney followed it up with two free throws. A steal and a layup by Vater followed by a free throw from vater made it 45-37. Jurgens capped the run with a free throw to make it 45-38.
Northwest scored the next six points to make it 51-38. Jurgens ended that run with a basket.
The next eight points of the game were all from the free throw line, four from each team. Vater had two of Beatrice’s free throws while Mahoney had the other two.
Northwest scored the next three points to make it 59-44. Crandall’s putback basket made it 59-46.
The Vikings scored three points from the free throw line. Smith knocked down a three pointer to make it 62-49, but Northwest made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off Beatrice 66-51.
Vater led the way for Beatrice with 20 points while Mahoney had 11, Smith had eight and Crandall and Jurgens had six each.
The Orangemen fall to 5-13 on the season. They will wrap up their regular season on Feb. 15 when they host Waverly.