Silver Knights Drop Opener by One
PINE GROVE – Valley’s Ethan Greathouse scored the game-winner with .23 ticks left in regulation to help the Lumberjacks defeat Tyler Consolidated, 53-52 in their home-opener Dec. 6 in Pine Grove.
The Silver Knights Jace Reed tallied the games first points with a pair of made free-throws, but the ‘Jacks Dylan Irvin followed with a short jumper to knot things up.
Tyler’s Griffin Phillips and Reed each knocked down baskets from beyond the arch to give the visitors a 8-2 lead that forced Valley’s Coach John Kocher to call a quick time-out.
The Lumberjacks’ Alex Midcap then put-back a miss, but the Knights’ Dylan Roberts was fouled and buried 1-2 free throws. After a Midcap three-ball, Silver Knights’ Reed and Tyler Anderson each swished two-point baskets to extend its lead to 13-6.
However, the ‘Jacks Levi Streets ripped the cords from beyond the arch in between a Peyton Bassett deuce to give Valley the lead at 15-13. Irvin added a two-pointer, before the Knights Trent Smith knocked down a jumper at the buzzer for an exciting Valley 17-15 advantage after one period of non-stop boys’ basketball action.
Midcap put-back a miss off a rebound, but Roberts answered back with a deuce. However, Midcap trumped that with a long-range three-pointer.
Roberts netted the back-end of a two-shot foul, while Anderson followed up with a pair of charity tosses, and a deuce to knot things up at 22-22.
Neither team could put the ball in the basket early on in the second period, until Irvin and Streets each sank a deuce to break the dead-lock at 26-22.
Tyler West drained a two-pointer for the Knights from the corner, but Streets added a charity toss to end the first half scoring to give the hosts a one-point advantage at 27-26.
Midcap and Streets each tallied five markers to pace Valley’s scoring in the half while Roberts and Anderson scored five and four points, respectively, for Tyler Consolidated.
Roberts drained a triple to open the second half, while Quintin Richmond and Reed added a deuce and a free throw, respectively, to give the Knights a 30-27 lead.
Irvin drained a pair of free-throws, but Tyler Consolidated Roberts and Colby Buchanan sank a three-ball and a two-pointer to push the Silver Knights lead to 35-29, that forced another Valley time-out.
After the break, Irvin sank a jumper, but Richmond and Reed sank a charity toss and a deuce to build its lead to 38-31.
The Lumberjacks’ Greathouse stopped the bleeding with a pair of free-throws, but Reed answered with a pair of made charity tosses of his own. Austin Lowe sank his only basket of the night, after a pair of made charity tosses by Irvin.
Anderson drained a pair of two-pointers, while Buchanan hit a charity toss at the end of the third quarter to give Tyler Consolidated a 10-point advantage at 45-35, with Tyler out-scoring Valley, 21-8 in the period.
Reed opened the final period with a deuce to extend their lead to an even dozen. However, Greathouse and Streets each sank a basket from beyond the arch in between a Midcap free throw.
Greathouse drained a pair of made free-throws, before Reed stopped the bleeding with a pair of freebies of his own to extend its lead to 49-44.
Roberts added a deuce, while Streets countered with one of his own with the assist going to Kyle Moore.
Phillips drained a pair of free throws, but the later one didn’t count because of a free-throw lane violation.
Midcap scored inside with a nifty assist by Greathouse. Greathouse would then add a rebound put-back and a deuce, in between a made Irvin free throw to give Valley a 53-52 lead and the win, as both Valley and Tyler Consolidated each missed multiple basket attempts and free throws.
“All the players contributed to the win,” Coach Kocher said.
Streets paced the Lumberjacks with 14 points, including three baskets from beyond the arch. He also added seven assists and pulled down six rebounds. Irvin netted 13 markers, while earning his first double-double of the season with 23 rebounds, and four assists.
In addition, Greathouse tacked on 11 markers, six rebounds and two assists. Midcap, also added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Bassett and Lowe ended the Lumberjack stats with three and two points, respectively.
Reed paced the Silver Knights with 16 points, including a three-ball, while Roberts followed with a dozen markers, including a pair of three-balls. Anderson contributed eight points, while Phillips added six points, including a long-range bomb. Richmond, sank a triple, while Smith, West and Lancaster each added a deuce, and a Buchanan charity toss.
The Silver Knights made 14-25 free throws, while the Lumberjacks only made 10-25.
Sports writer Ed Parsons contributed to this story.