Silver Knights Claim Boggs Classic
Tyler Consolidated dominated Clarksburg Liberty on Saturday in the championship game of the 20th annual Boggs Roundball Classic, claiming the title with a 92-59 win. The Silver Knights jumped out to a 15-13 first quarter lead with senior scoring ace Griffin Phillips hitting for 11 of the Knights’ 15,
The second period was all Tyler as they pounded the visitors 25-6 to go up, 40-19, at the break. Phillips again controlled the tempo as he poured in 13 to end the half with 24 points. The Silver Knights continued to have their way after the halftime break, pouring in 31 points, compared to Clarksburg’s 15, and putting the game out of reach with a 37-point lead after three. Tyler West came up big for the Knights in the third with 13, while Phillips ended his scoring by knocking in seven in the period and finishing as the game’s leading scorer with 31, including three 3-pointers.
West finished the game with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, while adding 18 rebounds and six steals. Phillips added four steals and seven assists. Justin Bowman and Mark Rucker each hit for 11 for the Knights, and Bowman grabbed eight rebounds. Rucker snagged nine rebounds and got eight steals. Gage Huffman added eight points, all in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers. Nick Gorby canned five points, including a three.
The Knights dominated the boards with 46, compared to 31 for the visitors. The Silver Knights now stand at 10-5 on the season.
Clarksburg was led by Joe Swiger, who hit for 26, and Chance Howell, with 11. Isaac Walker and Hayden Dodd each added seven in the losing cause.
“We played hard and aggressive on both ends of the floor. We worked the ball well and found the open man. I think we are coming together very well as a team. I am very proud of Griffin’s accomplishments; he had a great tournament. But more importantly, we played well together, and several kids contributed. We still have a lot of work to do to get ready for the post-season, and we will be working towards that,” Coach Steve Nutter said.
He added, “Last Week we were able to get the win in the Boggs game at Ritchie, and tonight, we were able to win the championship in the annual Boggs. It’s a nice tournament, and the Boggs are a great family, we’re very happy to get the win.”
Silver Knights Advance to Title Game With 20-Point Win over Magnolia
The boys portion of the Boggs Roundball Classic kicked off on Friday night with Tyler Consolidated, the host team, taking on the Magnolia Blue Eagles. The Knights fell behind early in the contest, 21-9, after the first eight minutes but came back in the next three quarters to gain control and get the win, 64-44.
Silver Knights senior star guard Griffin Phillips came into the game needing 19 points to reach the 1000-point plateau for his career; after three quarters, he was still seven shy. However, there was little doubt in most Knights fans that he would reach his goal.
With six minutes to play, he took matters into his own hands and drove the lane for four buckets over the next few minutes to reach the milestone.
The basket came with three minutes left on the clock when he took the ball on the left wing, drove to the top of the key, went around a Blue Eagle defender, and banked it in.
Knights Coach Steve Nutter took a time out, and Phillips was recognized with the game ball, a shirt, and a standing ovation. He finished the game with 20 points to lead all scorers, despite being double and triple teamed most of the way. After hitting the basket, he spent the last three minutes on the bench as the Silver Knights had the game well in hand.
While the Knights were without senior Tyler West in the first quarter and Mark Rucker for three quarters, they fell behind early.
Once West got in the game, the Knights briefly took a three-point second-quarter lead only to go into the break down one, 26-25. Coming out of the locker room, the home team quickly gained control and was up, 39-33, heading down the stretch.
Rucker entered the game for the fourth period, and the Knights – with all three top scorers and rebounders in the game – pulled away with a 25-11 run. Junior Gage Huffman got hot and ended with 14 points including, three 3-pointers. He had eight points in the final period, hauled down nine rebounds in the game, and added six steals. West finished with 14 as well over three quarters play, and he pulled down 15 rebounds for a double-double.
Justin Bowman hit for eight points; Rucker scored two in the last frame, and Nick Gorby added three in the win.
Magnolia was led by Jake Gamble and Gavin Postlethwait with 14 each. Trent Scheibelhood hit for six, and Trevor Williamson added a three ball and a foul shot for four. Silas McKeever and Eli Nice each hit a basket for two points.
The Knights canned 7-15 free throws, while Magnolia hit 8-13. Tyler finished with five 3-pointers, compared to the Blue Eagles’ one. Rebounding also belonged to the Knights as they pulled down 39, compared to Magnolia’s 36. The Blue Eagles had 18 turnovers, while Tyler ended with nine. The Silver Knights improved to 9-4 on the season with the win.