Northrop never let North Side seriously threaten again in a 90-70 victory to advance to tonight's sectional championship.
The run was part of a 17-1 barrage for the Bruins that was keyed by exceptional defense and lackadaisical passing by North Side. Four different players scored during the run, including eight points out of Brenton Scott, who finished with a game-high 28.
“Our defense created our offense for us,” Northrop coach Barak Coolman said. “We got some runouts, we got some stops and deflections and were able to run downhill, get to the rim and kick out and hit some good, open shots.
“We played really unselfishly during that (17-1 run) and that was key for us.”
A big key for North Side (14-6) was relegated to the bench for most of the first half with foul trouble. Starting point guard Tre'Vion Crews picked up three fouls in the first three minutes, including two within two seconds of one another, and had to sit the remainder of the half.
Without Crews' almost eight assists per game, the Redskins offense looked lost.
“Anytime you take an all-conference player, and in my opinion an all-area player, off your team, your team is not the same,” North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. “He had three fouls within the first three minutes of the game, ridiculous fouls in my opinion.
“With the physicality of the game, the fouls that were called on him I have to question.”
The Bruins (18-7) led by 13 at the half, but saw the advantage shrink to eight in just under two minutes after Crews scored five points and assisted on another basket.
But a Cory Womack basket and foul stopped the North Side momentum, mainly due to the fact that it was Crews who picked up his fourth foul.
“Crews is such a great player,” Coolman said. “I'm sure it changed their total game plan (when he was out) and you saw when he got back in, he had an impact at the start of the third quarter. But just playing in foul trouble makes a big difference for him and then he never got into a flow or rhythm.”
North Side as a team had a tough time getting into any sort of shooting rhythm from the perimeter. The Redskins had been lights-out from three during their nine-game winning streak, but Northrop's stifling man defense never allowed the shooters to get on track.
For the game, North Side hit just four 3-pointers.
“We felt like we could handle their speed and be able to stay in front of them for the most part,” Coolman said.
Bryson Scott added 27 points in the victory for Northrop.
The Redskins were led by Dwight Richards' 24.Northrop 23 25 19 23-90
North Side 19 16 18 17-70
Northrop - Brenton Scott 28, Womack 6, Richmond 10, Claypool 13, Becirevic 1, Griggs 3, Bryson Scott 27, Cowherd 2.
North Side - Mitchell 2, McGee 7, Davis 5, Jeremy Jones 2, Richards 24, Jackson 2, Nygel Jones 15, Crews 13.