Tyler Falls to St. Marys
St. Marys made the trip to Tyler Consolidated on Friday night and found themselves on the short end of a third quarter 55-54 score, but recovered in the last eight minutes to outscore the Knights 19-7 and pull out an 11 point 73-62 victory.
The Blue Devils used a four pronged attack as William Steele 21, Grant Barnhart 17, Richard Dornon 15, and Peyton Auxier 13, all hit double digits which included five three pointers. They also had a 30-38 showing at the free throw line which was the difference as the Silver Knights only made it to the line 10 times while knocking in eight of their attempts.
The Silver Knights hit eight three point shots and had 23 field goals to the Blue Devils 19. Tyler committed 17 turnovers in the game which led to several St. Marys baskets
The Knights got 17 points from Justin Bowman in an all-around good performance, including a three and four steals plus four rebounds. Mark Rucker ended with a double-double as he scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, plus he added seven assists. Gage Huffman hit for 13 points including five three pointers. Zack Placer hit a 3-pointer for his only points on the night but he also had three rebounds and a steal. Gavin Morris added five points, Noah Swiger hit for six markers, Caleb Srode finished with six in a good night works, and Jackson Kibby went 2-2 from the line for two points.
St. Marys also won the JV game by a score of 52-47. The Knights were led in the game by Kibby with 10 points.
“Proud of the boys for their unwavering attitudes and efforts throughout the entire contests. Was a true battle from start to finish with both teams throwing blows throughout the entirety of the game,” said Knights coach Steve Nutter. “There were a few ball that didn’t go are way the last few minutes and was the tale of the tape. Nice to watch the Knights improve from game one to game two; hoping that holds true as we go into game three Monday against Valley.”