OREM — The Northridge High School boys basketball team took part in something special Thursday night.

The Knights not only beat the visiting Vikings of Forsythe High (Salem, N.C.) 60-56 but won the first-ever game in the Ragu Classic in UVSC's McKay Center.

"It's an honor for our program to start off the tournament," said Northridge coach C.K. Hansen, who didn't know what to expect from the team from North Carolina. "We hope we can always be a part of it."

The Knights, one of 11 teams from Utah participating in the classic, seemed in control the entire game. Senior guard Matt Emadi led the way with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Teammates Spencer Bailey and Jase McCormick also contributed double figures in the win.

"We shot the ball well," Emadi said. "We wanted to show that a Utah team could hold their own at this level of competition."

The teams played evenly though the first half and went to the locker room tied 24-24.

Northridge pulled ahead at the mid-point of the third quarter, thanks to a plethora of turnovers and missed layups by the Vikings and despite Knight postman Daniel Coats going to the bench with four fouls. By the five-minute mark in the fourth period, Northridge had established a 12-point lead, but Forsythe wasn't quite finished. The Vikings battled back and cut the Knights' lead to four with 16 seconds but did not get closer.

For Forsythe, Mike Drum had 13 points.

Despite the loss, Viking coach Mike Muse, who contributed the loss to a combo of mental mistakes and physical fatigue, was happy his team participated in the tournament.

"This has been a first-class tournament," he said. "The (Ragu Classic) has been one of the best-organized tournaments I've ever attended, and in a first-class area with first-class people. Everything has been how they said it would."