Balanced attack lifts Norse

Clean play and efficient three-point shooting lifts Northglenn basketball

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/12/18

The Northglenn High School Norsemen won their second straight with a 71-66 victory over Loveland behind a balanced attack and deadly shooting from behind the arc. Northglenn’s spacing allowed them …

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Balanced attack lifts Norse

Clean play and efficient three-point shooting lifts Northglenn basketball

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The Northglenn High School Norsemen won their second straight with a 71-66 victory over Loveland behind a balanced attack and deadly shooting from behind the arc.

Northglenn’s spacing allowed them to hit 11 three-pointers in sinking the Indians, now 2-2.

“We are going to shoot a lot of three’s when we have the opportunity,” Northglenn coach Kevin Knudson said. “We have guys that can shoot the three, and as long as they are getting it within the offense, we are happy.”

Leading the way for the Norsemen, now 2-2, with 17 points, senior point guard Mario Pacheco made quite the splash in his season debut. Orchestrating a fierce, aggressive attack for Northglenn, the pace-setter had his way getting his baskets and assisting others.

“This the first game we have had him back all season and his first night playing, so his legs were under him,” Knudson said. “I thought he had a good floor game, controlled the pace for the most part and played pretty solid defense also.”

Early on, Loveland claimed a 10-9 lead with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter, but it was the last lead the Indians would have all night. Closing the first half on a 20-16 run, Northglenn was just getting started.

Dominating the third quarter, the Norsemen outscored Loveland, 24-11 behind four three-pointers. Pacheco’s nine points followed by five from senior bench player Mark Blea put the game in control for the home team. Despite a late-run for Loveland behind nine fourth-quarter points from senior Avery Rembao, it was too late.

Outscoring the Indians’ bench 24-15, depth proved crucial for the Norsemen. With six players recording six or more points, Northglenn has multiple options that can show up any given night.

“We have guys that can play,” Knudson said. “It’s going to be night-to-night to see who has energy and who’s out there making plays, but it’s a luxury that I haven’t had in the past, so it’s nice to have 11 guys that can play.”

Double-digit scorers other than Pacheco included 14 apiece from seniors Matt Pando and Blea. Pando’s six rebounds and two assists led the team while senior Ty Burbank recorded the team’s lone block.

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