Silver Knights Drop One To Madonna
NEW MARTINSVILLE — During the second game of the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights’ boys’ team looked to be down and out in the first half as it went into the locker room on the short end of a 41-21 score.
But the Knights came out ready to play in the second half and outscored the Blue Dons by four in each quarter to cut the lead to 12 and drop to 5-11 on the season.
Although it is experiencing some rough times, this team never quits and normally fight their way back into things. Saturday’s affair, however, was against one of the state’s better Class A clubs and with a huge height advantage, they contested each shot, used pressure defense and shot lights out to get the win.
The Knights had three players of their own in double figures as Jace Reed led the way with 17 and Tyler Anderson added 14. Quintin Richmond stepped up and knocked in 10 while Griffin Phillips with nine barely missed the double digit mark. Dylan Roberts hit for five and Steven Ross dropped in four to round out the Knights scoring. Leading the way for Madonna was Tavon Jeter with a game high 28 while being backed by Joey Emasiak’s 21.
Anderson had 10 rebounds for the Silver Knights while Reed had eight assists and two steals.
Linsly slips by Silver Knights
Tyler Consolidated knew coming into Jan. 23 that to beat Linsly it would have to take care of the basketball and get open shots.
Linsly, which earlier this season beat a good Wheeling Park team, didn’t let that happen as the visiting Cadets used their height and quickness to get easy shots and cause turnovers. The first quarter set the pace of the game as the Cadets were successful with their press and got several baskets in transition plus controlled the boards for a 14-7 lead that they stretched to 37-18 at the half.
Linsly opened the third quarter with a couple easy baskets off of steals and continued to press despite stretching the lead to 23 by the start of the fourth.
The Silver Knights never gave up, however, and outscored the Cadets in the last frame 24-15 to close the gap to 14, but it was too little too late.
Leading the Silver Knights was Reed with a team high 12 points despite having to battle against the inside height of the Cadets. Mark Wilson came off the bench to add nine points for Tyler with three 3s while Phillips canned two threes for six. Mark Rucker added five tallies and Ross ended with four. Tyler West and Tyler Anderson each had three points while Nick Gorby, Luke Daugherty and Richmond all added two.
Richmond also had two blocks on the night and six rebounds. Anderson and Phillips had two steals each and Reed grabbed four boards.