Richmond plays at Northmont Tuesday night in non-conference action. Here’s what we could find about the Thunderbolts:
COACH: SHANE KINCER (1st season)
Brookville L 82 – 81
Stebbins W 69 – 60
Springboro W 51 – 47….CLAYTON — After a season opening road victory 69-60 at Stebbins the Northmont Thunderbolts made it two in a row Friday by posting 51-47 win at home vs. Springboro. Springboro’s 6-foot, 7-inch senior forward Garrett Powell scored a game-high 24 points, 15 of which came in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a balanced Northmont attack that saw eight players score. Senior guard Danny Lewis scored nine fourth quarter points while sophomore forward Jordan Smith had six and sophomore guard Prophet Johnson had five to help lift Northmont to victory. The Thunderbolt led 11-8 after a nip and tuck first quarter and opened up a 21-10 lead midway through the second period before the Panthers closed the gap to trail 24-19 at the half.
Greenville W 83 – 20…Bolts continue its hot start to the season and improve to 3-0 with the victory. Miles Johnson started the game with four 3’s in the first quarter and the Bolts never looked back. With the win, it sets up a match on Tuesday night with two undefeated teams as the Bolts will host Butler (4-0) at 7:30 pm. Come out and support the Bolts.
Butler L 70 – 60….CLAYTON —Bryant Johnson had 19 points and 11 rebounds in leading unbeaten Butler to a 70-60 defeat of host Northmont in a boys high school basketball game on Tuesday night. The non-conference win pushed Butler to 5-0 overall.
Miamisburg L 55 – 51…Bolts fall to 3-2 on the season. Patrick Ivory led the way with 11 points. CLAYTON — After leading for the first three quarters Friday at home vs. division rival Miamisburg the Northmont Thunderbolts let the game slip away in the fourth quarter to lose 55-51. Patrick Ivory scored 11 points in the first half but was held scoreless in the second half and still finished as the team’s leading scorer. “Miamisburg started playing a little bit more physical with him, got into his body and he made some sophomore mistakes in the second half,” said Northmont Coach Shane Kincer. “He fumbled it away a little bit and didn’t finish strong at the rim and had some shots altered. He played really well in the first half and they decided they were going to put some more bodies on him and be more physical and took him out of the game.” On the other hand Northmont had no answer on how to stop Miamisburg’s 6-foot, 6-inch center Duncan Hall who scored a game-high 26 points. Hall scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half, nine in the fourth quarter. Hall scored the first basket in the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a 37-36 lead that Miamisburg never surrendered.
Belmont W 69 – 59…Justin Golson scored 19 and Danny Lewis scored 15 as they lead they Bolts to a victory. Bolts improve to 4-2 and play again on Tuesday at home against Fairmont.
Fairmont L 69 – 62…Patrick Ivory led the way with 18 points followed by Prophet Johnson with 14. CLAYTON — Fairmont got double digit scoring from four players Tuesday and pulled away in the fourth quarter to post a 69-62 victory over Northmont. Senior guard Ryan Hall led Fairmont with 21 points followed by senior Kellan Bochenek with 16, junior Andre O’Daniel with 16 and senior center Dashawn Brown with 10. “Hall and Bochenek are both four-year varsity players and to me, Fairmont has the two best guard combo in the Dayton area,” said Northmont Coach Shane Kincer. “They are both very physical and they are matchup problems. We did a great job in the first half holding Hall to six but in the second half he came out and got 15. He got some open shots in the second half. It was tale of two halves. Bochenek had a great first half and in the second half Hall had a great half. We just couldn’t contain both of them for the course of the game.”
Springfield L 78 – 64…Patrick Ivory led the way with 18 points, Prophet Johnson added 15 points, and Danny Lewis had 14 points.
Wayne L 78 – 69….CLAYTON — Ronnie Hampton erupted to score 20 second half points and Tallice Landers had 15 to help lift Wayne to a 78-69 victory Friday at Northmont. Landers paced Wayne with 25 and Hampton had 23 as the Warriors fought hard to overcome a pesky Northmont team that had three players score in double figures. Senior Danny Lewis and sophomore Prophet Johnson each had 18 points while junior Justin Golson tossed in 11 for Northmont to keep the Warriors hustling. Johnson scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter including a trio of treys to help keep the Thunderbolts hot on Wayne’s heels until the final two minutes of play. Trailing by three the Thunderbolts missed a 3-pointer and Landers buried a three from the right side and then came up with a steal underneath the basket in the Northmont backcourt and scored to put Wayne up 74-66.
Lebanon L 64 – 45…Danny Lewis led the way with 11 points.
Beavercreek L 58 – 54
Sydney L 72 – 68…Prophet Johnson lead the Bolts in scoring with 16 points, followed by Justin Golson who had 13 points.
Chaminade L 80 – 62…Di’talian Rayford lead the Bolts with 15 points, followed by Patrick Ivory and Danny Lewis each with 10 points.
Centerville L 70 – 49…Danny Lewis led the way with 14 points, followed by Jordan Smith with 12, and Prophet Johnson with 11.
Trotwood – Madison L107 – 79….Danny Lewis led the way with 23 points, Patrick Ivory had 16, Prophet Johnson had 13, and Jordan Smith had 10.
Archbishop Altar W 67 – 65
Lebanon L 73 – 65
Springboro L 73 – 55
Bellefontaine W 79 – 75
Miles Johnson 0 6’0” Senior
Danny Lewis 1 6’0” Senior
Di’Talian Rayford 2 Senior
Patrick Ivory 3 6’3’ Sophomore
Isaiah Baldwin 4 Senior
Justin Golson 10 5’10” Junior
Andrew White 12 5’10” Junior
Jordan Smith 15 Sophomore
Max Dolan 21 Junior
Ifeanyi Nwanoro 22 6’2” Senior
Corey Gay 23 Senior
Justus Thomas 24 Junior
Kenyon Sneed 34 6’2” Senior
Prophet Johnson 35 6’1” Sophomore
Bolts let big lead erode in loss to Lebanon
By Ron Nunnari – Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com
CLAYTON — Northmont buried four 3-pointers during the first quarter Tuesday night to take a 22-12 lead against Lebanon and went up 27-12 early in the second quarter before the Warriors started to regroup.
Danny Lewis and Miles Johnson both knocked down a pair of treys in the first quarter that saw the Thunderbolts explode out of the gate to take a 16-4 advantage. Zach Huffman, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, kept Lebanon in the game by scoring 10 points in the first quarter and seven in the second.
The Thunderbolts defensive pressure was relentless resulting in a pair of first quarter steals. Lewis, who led Northmont with 27 points, came up with a steal on an inbounds pass underneath the basket for a score to help maintain a nine point lead 33-24. Huffman countered with a basket and a steal that he converted into another basket.
Boys Basketball Earns 700th Win in Program History
On Tuesday, January 29th, the Northmont Boys Basketball program earned the 700th win in program history with a 67-65 win in an away game against the Alter Knights. Senior Danny Lewis paced the Thunderbolts with 23 points, and also hit the game winning three pointer to give the Thunderbolts the win. It took a total team effort in the final seconds of the game to come up with a defensive stop, securing the win for Northmont!
The boys basketball program’s first win came in 1959 under Head Coach Bill Yensel. Northmont High School’s first ever win was on December 3, 1959 against Wilbur Wright High School. Northmont won the game 88-60. From 1957-1964, Coach Yensel led the program to a staggering record of 61 wins and only 2 losses.
The boys basketball team will be back in action on Tuesday, February 5th at home in the Thunderdome as they take on GWOC West opponent, Lebanon, before going on the road Friday, February 8th at Springboro and Saturday, February 9th at Bellefontaine.
CENTERVILLE — Northmont’s game plan Friday night was to take the ball right at Centerville’s 6-foot-9 forward Mo Njie with the hope of drawing some fouls to get him on the bench and out of the way.
That plan did not work. Njie blocked eight shots and scored four dunks to lead Centerville with 16 points during a 70-49 victory over the Thunderbolts. Njie committed only three fouls the entire game, one in each of the first three quarters, one of which was a player control foul.
“When you’ve got a great player like that there were a couple of shots that we probably should have turned down, but part of the game plan was to take it right at him with the intention of getting some fouls drawn on him to get him out of the game. When you are 6-foot-9 with a wingspan that is out of this world you’ve got to try to do some stuff, but the refs said he was vertical on all of his blocks,” said Northmont Coach Shane Kincer. “I don’t know if that was necessarily the case.”
With Njie dominating the paint the Elks out-rebounded the Thunderbolts 42 to 25, including 12 offensive rebounds. Andrew White also blocked one Northmont shot inside to compound matters.
The Elks jumped out to a 10-2 lead and led 16-8 at the end of the opening quarter. Northmont fought back to trail 19-14 with 5:22 remaining in the first half but the Elks took a 28-18 lead at the break.
The Thunderbolts fought back hard in the third quarter. Despite Njie blocking two Northmont shots in one possession the Thunderbolts managed to go on a 10-0 run to tie the game on a 3-point field goal by Patrick Ivory with 3:16 remaining in the third quarter. The Elks outscored Northmont 8-2 in the final three minutes of the period to take a six point lead entering the final quarter.
Prophet Johnson scored the opening bucket of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 38-34. The Elks tossed in a pair of free throws and Di’talian Rayford buried a 3-pointer to pull Northmont within three, 40-37. Njie countered with a dunk for the Elks and Jordan Smith scored inside for the Thunderbolts to keep it a three point game.
Leading by seven with 4:34 left the Elks went on a 7-0 run to take a 55-41 lead to effectively put the game out of reach. With 55 seconds left the Elks pulled all of their starters. Two Centerville players came off the bench, Corey Burnette and C. Smith, to bury 3-pointers to add insult to injury.
The Elks extended their winning streak to six games while Northmont suffered its eighth consecutive loss.
“I thought our players competed,” Kincer added. “They battled and played really hard. They out-rebounded us 42 to 25, which really hurt us and had 12 offensive rebounds in the first half. The reason we were down ten at half was that we gave them twelve extra possessions and Njie had three or four dunk put-backs. He is a great player. He averages five points a game and tonight he ended up getting 16 because we couldn’t match his height, which really hurt us tonight.”
Northmont faces 11-2 Trotwood-Madison on Saturday (7:30 p.m.) and travels to Alter (8-8) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
NMT 08 18 32 49 – 49
CEN 16 28 38 70 – 70
Northmont: Danny Lewis 4-6-14, Di’talian Rayford 1-0-3, Patrick Ivory 3-1-7, Isaiah Baldwin 1-0-2, Jordan Smith 4-4-12, Prophet Johnson 4-2-11. Totals: 17-12-49.
Centerville: Ryan Marchal 3-2-9, Corey Burnette 1-0-3, Matt Pearce 5-0-11, Mo Njie 6-4-16, Kebba Archimalo 1-0-2, Ryan Ballard 4-0-9, Jason Sneed 3-7-13, Davis Mumaw 1-0-2, Zimmerman 1-0-2, C. Smith 1-0-3. Totals: 26-13-70.