Knights Nip Liberty in Double Overtime Victory
MIDDLEBOURNE — Tyler Consolidated got the opening tip over Liberty on Thursday and jumped out to a quick four point lead only to give up the next eight points. The Silver Knights never regained the lead again until they jumped ahead 67- 66 with 44.6 seconds left in the first O.T.
Down 33-25 at the half, the never say die Silver Knights fought back throughout the second half and with two seconds left on the clock guard Dylan Roberts put a move on his defender and got in for a layup to tie the game and send it to O.T. Roberts led the Knights in scoring with 31 while Sophomore Guard Griffin Phillips put on a defensive clinic with a school record 13 steals.
But it wasn’t a two man show as Quintin Richmond added 10 points including a crucial tip-in near the close of regulation. Jace Reed finished with 13 which included clutch foul shooting down the stretch going 8-8 in the 4th quarter and 1-2 in O.T. Richmond was credited with a game high 12 rebounds
The Knights had their hands full all night with the Mountaineers 6’5″ Danny Westfall who plays every position on the floor. Westfall, despite a good defensive effort from the Knights, finished with a game high 43 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Knights team effort.
Liberty looked to have the game in hand with a five point lead with just under a minute to play in regulation but a Phillips steal, a Roberts three, and the Roberts drive to the basket for two sent the game into the first overtime where they battled even forcing a second four minute period. The Knights got control in the second O.T. when they went up by five with 30 seconds to play compliments of buckets from Phillips and Roberts and a foul shot by Phillips.
“This was a big win for us, we were able to play 10 kids and I believe down the stretch we wore them down. Dylan made some big plays for us and our foul shooting near the end kept us in the game. We were able to get to the basket because they were getting tired. I am proud of how hard we played and that we never gave up,” Coach Bob Jones said. “We are 3-3 on the year and have won our last three, I think we are starting to come together well as a team but we can’t let up. Our next game is December 30 against a tough St, Marys team so we will take a little break and get right back to work.”
Westfall scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and 11 in the overtimes for Liberty but tough defense kept the Knights in the game as they forced several turnovers into points and made a living at the foul line. Tyler Anderson who drew the tough assignment of guarding Westfall pitched in four points, three steals and eight rebounds for the Knights. Phillips came up big in the O.T.’s with eight of his 15 on the night. Richmond also had two blocks and drew a charge.
Tyler Consolidated 80; Liberty Harrison 75, 2OT
T – Reed 2 9-10 13; Roberts 12 6-9 31; Phillips 7 1-4 15; Smith 1 0-0 2; Lancaster 2 0-1 4; West 0 1-2 1; Anderson 2 0-1 4; Richmond 4 2-8 10. Totals: 30-66 19-34 80.3-point goals Roberts 1.
L – Weekley 2 2-4 7; Chance Howell 2 0-0 6; Murphy 1 0-0 2; Drummond 5 2-6 13; Chase Howell 1 0-1 2; Westfall 12 18-24 43; Mason 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24-53 22-35 75. 3-point goals Chance Howell 2, Weekley 2, Drummond, Westfall.
Tyler Consolidated 13 12 12 26 6 11
Liberty Harrison 17 16 14 16 6 6
Knights gain nod over Rebels
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights got their second straight win on December 20, with a 55-46 win over the Ritchie County Rebels in Ellenboro.
Both teams scored nine points in a back and forth first quarter with Jace Reed and Quintin Richmond accounting for all of the Knights total. The second period however belonged to the Rebels as they out scored the Knights 18-12 to take a six point lead into the locker room.
Coach Bob Jones team came out from the break charged up and doubled the Rebels 20-10 in the third to go up by four entering the last stanza. The fourth quarter belonged to Tyler as they used a 14-9 advantage to get their second win on the season.
Reed poured in 25 points on the night with eight field goals including a three while going 8-10 from the foul line to take game scoring honors. Richmond ended with 14 with three goals and 8-12 from the line while Nate Lancaster hit four field goals for eight points. Colby Buchanan hit a three ball and Tyler West and Griffin Phillips each got a bucket. Kyle Mason added a foul shot to round out the Knights scoring.
Tyler Consolidated led in rebounds 29-21 with Tyler Anderson collaring six boards to lead the Knights. Reed and Phillips each had three steals. Richmond collared five boards.
Chase Sullivan was the only double digit scorer for the Rebels as he finished the night with 17 including a three ball.
Tyler Consolidated 55, Ritchie County 46
T. – Reed 8 8-10 25; West 1 0-2 2; Richmond 3 8-12 14; Phillips 1 0-0 2; Anderson 0 0-0 0; Buchanan 1 0-0 3; Mason 0 1-2 1; Lancaster 4 0-0 8. Totals: 18-17-27 55; 3-point goals Reed, Buchanan.
R – Sullivan 7 2-3 17; Bee 1 0-0 3; Spencer 2 0-0 6; Pickering 2 2-4 6; Davis 1 0-1 2; Beall 0 2-2 2; Brannon 1 0-0 2; Morton 4 0-2 8. Totals: 18 6-12 46; 3-point goals; Spencer 2, Bee, Sullivan 1.