Silver Knights Take Down the Rebels
Tyler Consolidated had trouble getting out of the blocks on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at home against Ritchie County. However, once the Silver Knights got started, there was no stopping them as they raced to a 79-63 victory over the visiting Rebels.
With six minutes off the first-quarter clock, the Knights had yet to dent the scoreboard, and Ritchie led, 8-0. That’s when junior wingman Mark Rucker knocked down a long 3-pointer that hit nothing but net and got the Knights started on a nine-point run to take a 9-8 lead. Ritchie hit the next five points of the quarter to go up, 13-9, after one. Rucker had two three’s in the first eight minutes, and Gage Huffman – a sharp-shooting junior guard, added three.
The second quarter started with Ritchie getting a three to go up, 16-9, but the Silver Knights then scored the next 19 points for a 28-16 lead with three minutes left in the second frame. Griffin Phillips had 14 points in the quarter, and Huffman hit two deep 3-pointers. Rucker put five points on the board. At the end of the first half, the Knights led, 38-27.
The Knights stretched the lead to 17 in the third period behind five points apiece from Rucker, Phillips, and Tyler West. Huffman added three in the frame, and Nick Gorby got two on a pair of free throws. Ritchie County hit a basket near the end of the third to pull the Rebels to within 15.
Phillips had his way in the fourth quarter, scoring at will on drives to the basket and hitting for 10 points – giving him a game-high 31 points to go with seven assists and nine rebounds. Rucker hit 3-4 free throws in the last eight minutes and added a basket to finish the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Huffman also scored in double figures as he finished with 15 markers, eight rebounds and three steals. Rucker added five steals, and Phillips had three.
Overall the Knights hit 19-26 free throws, compared to Ritchie County’s 19-28. The Silver Knights also led in field goals – hitting 26, including eight 3-pointers. Ritchie hit 19 field goals, including five three balls. The Knights grabbed 42 rebounds, compared to the Rebels’ 39.