Blue Devils Challenge Silver Knights’ Boys
MIDDLEBOURNE – Visiting St. Marys used 28 from Sam Kincaid, including four threes, to overpower the Silver Knights on Jan. 31.
Tyler fell behind 20-11 after one quarter and never recovered although they played the Blue Devils even in the middle two quarters.
After three, it was St. Marys, 60-53, though the Knights were still within striking distance. However, the Blue Devils used a 20-12 fourth to put things away and cap off an 80-65 victory.
Tyler was led by Jace Reed with a team high 18 markers including two three’s while Dylan Roberts added 13 with three 3’s and came up with four steals and five assists. Also in double figures for the Knights were Griffin Phillips with 11, two three’s and three steals plus two rebounds. Quintin Richmond 10 points on five field goals and 14 rebounds. Tyler Anderson added seven points, Steven Ross five and Nate Lancaster one.
Aiding the St. Mary’s cause was Will Billeter with 12 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Noah VanZille added 16 points.
Tyler Consolidated fell to 5-12 with the loss while St. Marys improved to 13-3.
The Knights looked good in the game with hustle for loose balls and good defense however putting four quarters together will be the key to winning against some good teams down the stretch.
This is a good group of boys who I enjoy watching. Good Luck to the coaches and players as the season is winding down.
TCHS Plays Well in Loss to Ravenswood
Tyler Consolidated showed they are not a team to roll over and play dead on Friday when the state’s number two Class A team came to town. Earlier this season, they had suffered a 50 plus point loss to the Red Devils in Ravenswood, but this time around proved to be a different story.
After a close first quarter that ended 14-13 with Ravenswood up by a single point, the visitors put together a 22-10 second quarter for a 13 point halftime lead. However, the Knights did some fine shooting of their own and kept battling back. Entering the final frame down by 15 the Silver Knights closed the gap to nine with a 15-9 huge comeback effort that ended as time ran out.
Although the Knights fell 67-58, they showed they can play with the best in the state on any given night. Roberts was on his game as he scorched the nets from long range drilling five three’s and ending with 20 points. He also dished off six assists and had two steals. Richmond pretty much controlled the boards with a huge 18 rebounds to go along with his 13 points and two blocks. Also reaching double digits was senior Reed who contributed 11 points including two three’s and six rebounds.
Phillips tossed in seven points including a three and had three steals and two boards. Lancaster and Anderson both added four markers.
The loss dropped the Silver Knights to a deceiving 5-13 on the season. However, they are a much better team than their record indicates and if they get hot, they will be a force to be reckoned with come sectional play. The Knights have played some of the best Class A teams in the valley and have been in most of the games right to the end.
The Red Devils of Ravenswood had the game’s leading scorer in Isaiah Morgan who hit for 27 points as they improved to 15-1 on the season. Ravenswood hit nine three’s on the night with Morgan getting three of them.
The Silver Knights shot 50 percent from the floor, but Ravenswood had five more field goals hitting 27 of 55.
“We played well tonight against a tough team. They are good shooters, work the ball well and hit the boards. There’s a reason why they are 15-1. But tonight, we ran the offense and hit the shots. Dylan really gave us a lift with his pull up jumper and Griffin handled himself very good against their big guy,” Coach Bob Jones said. “You never like to lose, but I saw some good things out of us tonight and I am satisfied with our effort.”