Northwest senior Tatum provides spark against Brewer

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With neither team shooting well from the floor, it was Northwest’s Josh Tatum who took over.

The 5-foot-11 senior guard scored seven of his team’s first 11 points of the third quarter to cap a 16-2 run that helped the Texans (7-2) open a double-digit lead on their way to a 60-39 victory over Brewer on Tuesday.

The Bears (3-2) fought back with a 6-0 run of their own to claw within eight at 39-31, but once again Tatum stepped up, dribbling down the court, pulling up and draining a 3.

That basket sparked a 10-2 run that gave the Texans a lead that never shrunk below 14 the rest of the way.

“He’s a senior and takes control when we need something done,” Northwest coach Mike Hatch said of Tatum. “He knows what to do in whatever situation were in. He can drive to the bucket when it calls for that or pull up and hit the jumper. He’s just a really smart player.”

Brewer hung tough in the first half, trailing only 25-23, but missed four free throws before the end of the half and went to the locker room down six. The teams combined for 23 free throws in the second quarter.

Brewer was led by Yanni Noulas with 11 points and Garret Reynolds with 10. The Bears made just 7 of 16 free throws in the game and turned the ball over 20 times.

Northwest struggled in the first half as itshot just 9 of 27 by intermission and finished the game making only 19 of 53 attempts. Taylor Johnson chipped in 14 points while Elijah Christman and David Ogunwolu each had 10.

“I don’t think it was us shooting bad, it was their defense playing well,” Hatch said.

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