GOSHEN – Goshen dropped a giant rock in the Northern Lakes Conference pool Friday night, creating plenty of ripples.
Will Line dropped in 22 points on 8-10 shooting to lead Goshen to a 48-43 boys basketball win over visiting NorthWood.
Goshen took a 39-31 lead in the fourth quarter and looked to be off to an easy win, only for NorthWood to cut the lead back to a two possession game. Goshen would then keep the Panthers at arm’s distance in the final two minutes to pull off the upset.
The win by Goshen, just its first in four tries in the NLC, muddles up the standings in a pivotal week four. Elkhart Memorial sits at 3-0 in the NLC and preps for a huge contest Saturday night at Northridge, which is 2-1. The loss for NorthWood sends the Panthers from tied for second to a tie for fourth with Plymouth, which stormed past Wawasee. Warsaw beat Concord to move to 3-1 and a half-game behind Memorial. Goshen, Concord and Wawasee are all 1-3.
NorthWood got 15 points from Caleb Lung and 11 points from Brad Delio. Line, which was averaging just 12 points per game in Goshen’s first three NLC games, did score 28 against Jimtown on Tuesday and is averaging 16 points a night.
Porter Revior added 10 points for the RedHawks.
NorthWood used 20 points from Ben Vincent and 18 from Trent Edwards to rally past Goshen, 46-39, in the JV game. Goshen held a one-possession lead in the fourth quarter before NorthWood closed the game on a 10-2 run. Ryan Harmelink led Goshen with nine points and Zack Barker added eight points.
Goshen (5-7) will visit Mishawaka Marian Saturday night while NorthWood (8-4) will prepare for a visit from Warsaw next Friday in a huge NLC showdown.