Knights woke up in the fourth period and went to work.
KENTRELL BARKLEY'S 36 POINTS, 16 REBOUNDS LEAD NORTHERN PAST JORDAN IN OT IN PAC-6 4-A CLINCHER
Northern needed a big night from Kendrell Barkley and it got it as he scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Knights to a 78-76 overtime win that clinched the PAC-6 regular season.
Barkley, whose previous career high of 30 points also came against Jordan, did most of his damage on the inside. He also grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out seven assists.
“We played great defense and got everybody involved,” Barkley said. “They beat us the last time out our house so we had some payback to do. I just tried to get everyone involved.”
Jordan won the first matchup between the two teams 76-69 at Northern.
Jordan coach Kim Annas said he expected another tight contest against Northern.
“It was a great game between two great high school teams,” Annas said. “Northern has a great team and we’ve got a lot of good players. This was a great game to be a part of.”
Northern (21-2, 8-1 PAC-6) earned its first regular-season title for fifth-year Knights coach Ronnie Russell.
What started out as a see-saw battle turned into a double-digit win for Northern, but scrappy Hillside kept the Knights hustling from start to finish Friday night at Northern.
In an explosive fourth-period fusillade and a seeming blink of the eye, the Knights ripped off 32 points in the final period to avoid disaster and down the host Wildcats 68-55.
Riverside started strong. Northern finished strong.
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Sides have been chosen for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games, and Northern’s Ricky Council II had to settle for being that kid who wanted to play with the big boys yet only could stand by bouncing his basketball.
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The top of the PAC-6 4-A standings got a lot more crowded on Friday night as Jordan traveled to Northern and swept both ends of a boys and girls doubleheader.
Northern coach Ronnie Russell had his team lined up on the locker room bench in front of him for a postgame exhortation to pick up their play. If you hadn’t seen the scoreboard, you might not have guessed that the Knights had just crushed a Panther Creek team that came into the MLK Black Wall Street High School Basketball Classic with a 14-2 record.
In Saturday’s game in the MLK High School Basketball Classic against Rocky Mount, the Knights simply out-performed and out-schemed their opponent, defeating Rocky Mount 71-50 at Riverside High School.
The Knights matched their second-highest point total of the season with a 91-63 PAC-6 4-A victory at Hillside on Friday. Hillside’s girls had a better night as Jakelbi Lewis scored 16 points in a 68-36 romp over rival Northern. Rhianna Council had 26 for the Knights.
Nation's top high school sophomore center, 7-1 Thon Maker of Martinsburg, Va.'s Carlisle School, will be on hand for Monday night game. Games are scheduled throughout the day Saturday and Monday and feature area programs Hillside, Northerm, Riverside, Mount Zion Christian, Voyager Academy, Durham School of the Arts and Bull City Prep.
Ricky Council led Northern with 20 points, including four 3-pointers for the Knights (13-1, 2-0 PAC-6), who are off to their best start for fifth-year coach Ronnie Russell
With four players in double digits, Northern blew past the Person 83-48 on superior passing, shot selection, second-chance scoring and merciless defense that accounted for 20 steals and a rhythm-busting pressure that kept the Rockets off their launching pad most of the night.