Strong second quarter sends Northland to a regional final
A big second quarter helped the Northland High School boys basketball team pull away from Canton Timken and win a Division I regional semifinal 74-47 on March 13 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The Vikings led 18-13 after one quarter, but forced 12 turnovers and outscored the Trojans 26-6 during the second quarter.
Northland will play Gahanna or Pickerington Central for a regional championship at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Fairgrounds. Northland did not play Gahanna this season, but beat defending state-champion Pickerington Central 58-42 on Dec. 8.
“I was upset with the way we started the game and I challenged the guys to step forward,” coach Sean Taylor said. “Let’s play, because if we don’t outwork them it could be our last game. Our intensity increased.”
Top-ranked Northland, which improved to 27-0, shot 28-for-60 from the floor while holding its opponent to 15 of 44. Timken finished 17-10.
Senior guard Armani Towns finished with 18 points on nine of 16 shooting and added eight rebounds to lead Northland. Freshman forward Seth Towns had 13 points and six rebounds and junior forward Jaylen Tucker had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Timken got 18 points from senior forward Chris Cook.