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Knights Edged By Crusaders

By Staff | Dec 31, 2019

Tyler Consolidated’s Gage Huffman blocks a shot attempt by Valley’s Thomas Shannon during their game recently.

Tyler Consolidated proved they are a team to be reckoned with on Saturday night as they put a scare into the homesteading Crusaders of Parkersburg Catholic before succumbing to the states number two ranked team 61-54.

The Knights jumped on top 17-11 after one period, but the Crusaders responded in the second frame to outscore the Knights 22-13 and go into the locker room up 33-30. Sophomore Caleb Strode had the hot hand early for the Knights as he hit all 11 of his points in the first half including two 3-pointers. Mark Rucker added eight points in the half, but the Crusaders countered with 10 points from Patrick Copen and eight from Xavier Collie

Coming out of the break Parkersburg Catholic increased their lead to nine by scoring 18 points in the third quarter to the Silver Knights 12. Justin Bowman hit for five points in the quarter for Tyler while Gage Huffman added four. Catholic got six from William Hart and five from Jeb Boice.

The Silver Knights stepped up their defense in the fourth quarter and made a run at the Crusaders but fell short despite outscoring the home team 12-9 in the period. Bowman added six points in the fourth quarter comeback attempt while Rucker and Gage Huffman each hit a 3-pointer.

For the game the Knights had four double figure scorers for a balanced attack with Rucker and Bowman each hitting for 13 while Huffman and Strode both had 11. The Silver Knights made just 9-19 free throws while the Crusaders hit on 8-13, which proved to be the difference.

Rucker added nine rebounds and Huffman had six assists and three steals. The Crusaders got a game high 17 points from Copen while Boice added 13, Collie 12, and Hart 11.

“We took everything thrown at us tonight and responded each and everytime. It was a true battle till the final whistle with the boys leaving it all on the floor,” said Knights coach Steve Nutter. “Coaching these guys has been a true blessing and I am so very proud of their effort every night out. We will continue to grow as the season continues.”

Silver Knights get win over Lumberjacks

Tyler Consolidated gave coach Steve Nutter an early Christmas present on Monday, December 23, in Pine Grove as they manhandled Valley 78-54 for Nutters 100th victory as head coach.

Valley started the game with a long three pointer by senior Troy Satterfield for the Lumberjacks only lead of the night. From there the Silver Knights got a jumper from Mark Rucker, and a three from Gage Huffman to go on an 13 point run before the Lumberjacks hit a few buckets to close the opening quarter with Tyler on top 22-16.

Valley started out with a bucket in the second and drew to within four on baskets by Gavin Streets and Tommy Shannon to make it 26-22, but the Silver Knights cranked things up behind a jumper from Huffman and two straight drives through the lane by Rucker for a 16 point lead that ballooned to 23 at the end of the third quarter.

Huffman put on a clinic hitting two nice nothing but net 3-pointers, while using a combination of short pull up in your face jumpers and quick hard drives to the basket on his way to a game high 26 points. He also added five steals, six rebounds and three blocks.

Rucker was equally effective with his 16 points including two 3’s and a 4-4 showing from the free throw line. He also led the team in rebounds with 12 for a double-double and added six steals and three assists.

Freshman Caleb Strode stood tall with nine points, six rebounds and a 3-4 free throw effort. Sophomore Noah Swiger added seven points and five rebounds, Zack Placer hit for six points while picking up three steals, Justin Bowman blocked two shots and had five points and Haygen Baker hit a 3-pointer. Junior Guard David Throckmorton hit a bucket and made 2-4 free throws for four points.

The Lumber jacks were led by junior ace Gavin Streets with 15 points including 7-10 free throws. Abe Satterfield finished a nice nights work with 13 markers including 2 3-pointers. Senior Jakeb Hall added nine points and made two long balls, while Logan Bassett hit four buckets for eight points. Tommy Shannon finished with six points in support and Jacob Anderson canned a 3-pointer.

The Silver Knights win was extra special as they handed their second year coach Steve Nutter his 100th career victory. “