NORTHVILLE - It did not take long for the Northville boys basketball team to put Wednesday's heartbreaking 43-41 overtime loss to Doane Stuart behind them.
The Falcons regrouped and faced the Wells Indians Thursday afternoon in the final game of the John J. Woodward Memorial Tournament.
Powered by Drew Ryder's 15 points and 14 from Dan Ashcroft, the Falcons defeated Wells 54-40 to place second in the three day round-robin tournament.
Wells’ Shane Raymond (23) challenges Northville’s Drew Ryder (20) for the ball during Thursday’s John J. Woodard Memorial Tournament game at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"One of our goals tonight was to get off to a fast start, just to get the other game out of our minds," Northville coach John Karbowski III said. "We did that and were able to keep control of the game."
Ryder set the tone by hitting a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game and Ashcroft followed 35 seconds later with another 3-pointer.
Josh Fish picked up the Indians first points on a putback off an offensive rebound.
Ryder hit his second 3-pointer of the game just under two minutes into the game to put the Falcons out front 9-2, forcing Wells coach Matt Diebler to call a timeout.
The Indians were able to shut down the Northville perimeter game, however the Falcons began driving to the basket for an 8-2 run to build the lead to 17-4 with a minute left in the period.
Jake Earley worked his way to the free-throw line for the Indians, converting four of five to go with a basket to close out the period with Northville ahead 17-9.
The Falcons built on the foundation they set in the opening period with a 17-point second quarter in which Jon Briggs and Ashcroft connected for seven and six points respectively, to put the Falcons in front 34-20 at the half.
Wells opened the second half with Fish scoring on a putback and Shane Raymond connecting on a jumper to cut the Falcons' lead to 34-24.
Tyler Henderson snapped Northville's scoring drought with a free throw that Garret Michalek and Ashcroft followed with field goals to build the lead to 39-24. Ryder hit his third 3-pointer of the night and a field goal in the final minute to give Northville a 44-27 edge heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Earley hit for eight of the Indians 12 points in the final quarter with Fish and Ryan Woodward rounding out Wells' scoring in the period.
Northville maintained its advantage, matching the Indians' scoring with a balanced attack from Michalek, Ashcroft, Barcley Hayward, Ryder and Henderson to close out the 56-40 victory.
Earley led all scorers with his 27-point performance.
Wells (2-7 overall) returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Johnsburg in a Mountain and Valley Conference game.
Northville (2-7 overall, 0-3 WAC) takes to the road to face Galway in a Western Athletic Conference North division game Tuesday.
Northville 56, Wells 40
Wells10 10 8 12 - 40
Northville17 17 10 12 - 56
Earley 9-8-27, Woodward 1-1-3, Fish 3-0-6, Raymond 1-0-2, Longnecker 1-0-2. Totals: 15-8-40.
Michalek 4-0-8, Briggs 4-0-9, Ashcroft 4-5-14, Hayward 3-0-6, Ryder 6-0-15, Henderson 1-2-4. Totals: 22-7-56.
3-point goals: Wells 2 (Earley 2); Northville 5 (Ryder 3, Ashcroft, Briggs).