Knights Drop LKC Game
Tyler Consolidated’s boys basketball team finished up its regular season on Friday, Feb. 15 with a loss to Clay County, 60-55, in a seventh-place LKC matchup. The Silver Knights fell to 14-8 on the season with the road loss and will now prepare for sectional tournament play.
In Friday’s game at Clay County, Griffin Phillips and Mark Rucker each hit for 12 points to lead the Silver Knights. Rucker had six rebounds and Phillips added five steals. The Knights will open Class A Region I, Section II play on Saturday at home.
Silver Knights Shine On Senior Night
Tyler Consolidated celebrated senior night in a big way on Tuesday, Feb. 12, with a school record 100-25 victory over the Fighting Irish of Bellaire St. John. The visitors from Bellaire only suited up six players and were outmanned from start to finish in a game that could have been a lot worse.
Tyler jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead before St. John got a bucket to get on the board. At the end of the first quarter it was 25-7, and the Silver Knights never looked back holding the Fighting Irish to just two second-period points, while scoring 27 for a 52-9 halftime lead. Senior Griffin Phillips led the Silver Knights, scoring 15 first-half points and finishing with a game-high 31. Mark Rucker and Gage Huffman were both in double-figures by halftime with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Senior Tyler West, who was a monster on the boards all night, had eight points and 12 rebounds in the first half.
The third quarter was more of the same as the Knights continued the onslaught with a 28-5 showing, to go up 80-14 with eight minutes to play. West scored nine, and Phillips hit for seven in the last quarter to lead the home team to the win.
For the game, West finished with 25 points and 23 rebounds. Rucker finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, plus seven steals. Huffman ended with 16 markers, while getting four steals and adding eight assists. Phillips ended with seven assists and six steals to go along with his scoring. Senior Nick Gorby played a good floor game, getting five steals, four points, and four assists. Justin Bowman added four points, and Garrett Littell got the basket – off a pretty feed from Huffman with 39 seconds left in the game – that gave the Knights 100.
Matt Fouty hit for 13 points to lead the Irish, and Mikey Shaneen hit two 3-pointers for six points. C.J Fouty and Nick Diloretto each hit a three. The Irish hit 3-5 free throws, while the Silver Knights hit their only free throw on the night. The Knights made 44 field goals, including seven 3-pointers, to move their record to 14-7 on the season.
Silver Knights Thump Red Devils
Tyler Consolidated hosted Ravenswood in a makeup boys basketball game on Monday, Feb. 11, and got their second win of the season against the Red Devils, 67-34.
The Silver Knights started out slow and never scored until three minutes to play in the first quarter but still managed to take a 10-9 lead after one. The second period was more of the same with the Knights finding themselves down, 17-12, with two and a half minutes to go before halftime. They then scored the next five points, and it was tied 17-17 at the break.
Despite the low-scoring first half, the home team came out of the locker room ready to play and poured in 28 third-quarter points while holding Ravenswood to five for a 45-22 lead entering the last eight minutes. The Red Devils got 12 points in the fourth, but it was way too little as Tyler stayed hot, knocking in 22 in the frame for the final score. Mark Rucker, who scored 12 points on the night, hit for 10 in the third period to get the Knights going. Tyler West got hot in the third as well, scoring nine of his game-high 19 points – all coming on 3-pointers.
The Silver Knights also got double-figures from Gage Huffman, who knocked in 13 – including a 3-pointer and 2-2 from the free throw line. Huffman also dished out six assists and had four rebounds. Griffin Phillips hit for nine points, and Justin Bowman added eight – including two 3-pointers. Nick Gorby, Noah Swiger and Zack Placer all hit for two. Placer also had three assists and two rebounds in limited play.
Rucker grabbed eight rebounds, blocked a shot and added four steals, while Bowman got two blocks and six rebounds. Phillips ended with five rebounds and five steals. The Knights were 8-12 from the foul line and made 25 of 61 field goals. Ravenswood was led by 6’7” center Nick Westenhaver with 16 points and 10 rebounds, plus four blocks. The Red Devils were 7-7 from the free throw line.
The Silver Knights moved to 13-7 with the win.