Silver Knights Joust Crusaders
MIDDLEBOURNE — Fresh off a big win over Wirt County two nights earlier, Tyler Consolidated’s Silver Knights looked like they were shooting for a repeat when they jumped out to a first half lead of 34-32.
The visiting Crusaders, however, had other ideas as they put together a strong second half, outscoring the Knights, 31-11, to come away with a 63-45 victory, dropping the Knights to 4-7 while upping their own record to 7-2.
The No. 12 state-ranked Crusaders were led by Logan Plummer with a game high 25 points while A.J. Collins added 16 and Austin Sweeney tossed in 11. The Silver Knights only had one double digit scorer as Tyler Anderson hit three 3’s and finished with a team high 17 points. He was backed on the night by Griffin Phillips who also hit three long balls and ended with nine markers. Jace Reed tossed in seven and Dylan Roberts added six for the Knights who also got four points from Nate Lancaster on a three and 1-2 from the charity line. Quintin Richmond added a bucket to round out the Knights scoring.
Tyler Knocks off Wirt
The reserve game was canceled and the varsity match got a late start due to a traffic accident which kept Wirt County from getting to the gymnasium on time on Jan. 9. However, both teams came ready to play and the entertaining affair was back and forth the whole way before the Knights took control with under a minute to play.
The Tigers looked like they would use their height advantage early in the game and at the end of one quarter held a 14-11 lead.
The scrappy Silver Knights fought back in the second period using their speed and defense to claim a 34-32 halftime advantage. Reed had a big night as he poured in 25 points to lead the way while sinking 9-11 at the free throw line.
Reed was backed in the scoring column by Richmond with 16 points, including a 6-6 effort from the line. Richmond also controlled the boards with nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Roberts hit four buckets including a three ball and went 3-5 from the line to account four 12 points while also handing out six assists.
Coach Jones used several different players to keep fresh legs on the floor and each one responded well with Tyler West grabbing some key rebounds and playing good defense and adding a crucial bucket that gave the Knights a lead.
Mark Rucker came off the bench to add some quality time and Lancaster did a good job handling the ball while coming up with three steals and adding 1-2 from the line.
Tyler Anderson played his usual hard nosed game getting eight points, hauling in five rebounds and two steals. As a team, the Knights shot 47 percent from the floor, had 21 rebounds, 15 assists and 13 steals.
“We played well tonight as a team and everyone contributed, I am proud of the kids effort, but we have to continue to play hard so good things will happen,” Coach Jones said. “We have some tough games coming up with the likes of Madonna, Linsly and Magnolia.”