Tyler Boys Remain Undefeated
The Silver Knights made the trip to Wirt County on Thursday, Dec. 14 14 and came away with a 67-43 come-from-behind victory. Trailing by five 28-23 at the half, the Knights came out fired up and outscored the home team 23-9 in the third quarter to give them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Tyler used pressure defense to cause turnovers and get some easy buckets while also finding their shooting touch as Griffin Phillips buried four threes. Tyler West knocked in three and Dylan Roberts canned one as the Knights put together a 44-25 second half to get the win.
Roberts finished with seven points and five assists, while Nate Lancaster got eight markers and hauled in seven rebounds. Kyle Mason hit for three points, and Gage Huffman and Steven Ross each got a bucket. Phillips had another good night as he pumped in 20 points, added nine rebounds, had six steals and five assists. West continued to hit the boards well as he grabbed 12 bounds, while scoring 15 points that included 4-4 from the free throw line and the three three-point shots. Mark Rucker also hit double figures with 10 points and added three assists, plus four steals.
“We started out flat, and we let them control the tempo. We made some adjustments at halftime, and the kids responded well. We are so athletic that it is hard to cover us. We have five or six kids who are capable of putting up big numbers at any time. I am happy that we never quit and that is a good sign of a good team; we can’t let up because there are some real good teams on our schedule, but we’re glad to be 4-0 at this point,” said coach Rick Leach.
The Knights also won the JV game 43-27 with Quintin Southerly scoring 17 points and Gage Huffman adding 13.
Silver Knights win third straight
Tyler Consolidated fell behind to visiting Williamstown 8-0 on Tuesday, December 12, before turning up the defensive pressure and eventually getting their third win of the season 52-47.
Down by eight the Knights tied things up with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter. Williamstown responded however and finished the quarter on a 4-3 run to take a 12-11 lead.
The Knights used eight points from Griffin Phillips and five from Tyler West to outscore the Yellow Jackets 15-12 and head into the locker room up 26-24.
‘We started out slow and gave them some easy buckets. We went to a man to man and a trap press which caused several turnovers and allowed us to stay in the game. Williamstown has some height but they are a young team. We did a good job on the boards in the second quarter and limited them to one shot. Tyler West stepped up big around the boards for us, “said Silver Knights coach Rick Leach.
The Knights played even with the visitors in the third as both teams put 16 points on the board. Coach Leach used seven and eight players and kept fresh legs in the game which seemed to pay off as they headed down the stretch.
Neither team had much offense in the fourth quarter as the Knights scored 10 points, with half of them coming on 5-6 foul shooting from guard Dylan Robert who finished the game with 10 points and hit 7-9 free throws. Roberts also had three steals and three assists.
Griffin Phillips led the Knights attack as he ended the night with 16 points and seven rebounds. West who pounded the boards for 13 rebounds also hit double figures in scoring with 10.
Luke Daugherty added six points while Mark Rucker scored five and grabbed eight rebounds. Nate Lancaster scored three points, had six rebounds and three assists, plus two steals. Kyle Mason hit a bucket for two points and had an assist.
“We are 3-0 right now and I’m happy about that, however we still made a lot of mistakes so we have a lot of work to do. I would say we’re 3-0 but we’re fortunate to be 3-0. We have some big games coming up so we can’t let up. We will get right to work and try to correct some things. This is a really good group of kids and I’m excited to see were we go from here,” said coach Leach.