Phillips Paces Knights Past Rebels, 86-73
Griffin Phillips had a record-setting game on Friday night in Ellenboro, as the Silver Knights took down the Rebels, 86-73, in boys basketball. Phillips scored 46 to break the 1997 record of 45, previously held by Matt Boggs.
Boggs, who was a stand-out performer for the Silver Knights, has a sister and several cousins who live in Ritchie County. Thus, the annual game has been designated the Matt Boggs Memorial. On Friday, Phillips, hit 11-12 from the free throw line and 17 field goals to lead the Knights to victory; he is averaging 37 points a game over the last four outings. He also had six steals, five assists and six rebounds.
The Silver Knights wore their new t-shirts in pre-game warm-ups and improved to 8-1 on the season. The first quarter was all Silver Knights as they went up, 23-9. The Rebels, however, came back and outscored the Knights, 17-16, in the second eight minutes to pull to within 13 at the half.
Both teams played even in the second half with Tyler getting the edge, 26-21, in the third and Ritchie hitting for a 26-21 advantage in the last eight. The Silver Knights forced 29 turnovers in the contest and made 20-26 from the free throw line, compared to the Rebels’ 13-15 from the charity stripe.
Joining Phillips in double figures was Mark Rucker with 14 points and six steals, while Tyler West barely missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Justin Bowman hit for eight points; Gage Huffman scored four, and Nick Gorby added three, while David Throckmorton added two. The Knights ended with 31 field goals on 56 attempts.
Ritchie County was led by a trio of double figure scorers – Adam Davis with 22, Clayton Bee with 16, and Joey James with 13.
Silver Knights Rout St. Johns
Tyler Consolidated defeated Bellaire St. Johns, 94-54, in Bellaire, Ohio on Jan. 9, for the Knights’ seventh win of the season against four losses. The Knights took control early, jumping out to a 20 point lead after one quarter, and the rout was on.
The Silver Knights had four players hit in double figures with senior star guard Griffin Phillips having another big night. Phillips poured in a game-high 30 points in a little over three quarters playing time; he also added six steals and nine rebounds. Backing him up in the win was Mark Rucker with 15 points and eight rebounds. Gage Huffman knocked in 13, and Tyler West ended in double figures as well with 12, while coming up huge on the boards with 17 rebounds.
Tyler led by 27 at the half, 52-25. At the end of the third, Coach Steve Nutter cleared his bench – using 14 players in the contest, with 11 players getting on the scoreboard. The Silver Knights won every quarter in the game to get the win. They made 41 field goals, compared to the home team’s 21. Tyler also out-rebounded St. Johns, 41-26. Both teams made four free throws with the Knights hitting 4-6, while St. Johns was 4-5.
The Irish had two players hit in double figures with Matt Fouty scoring 25, while Mikey Shaheen hit for 20 – including six 3-pointers.