Knights Lose Narrow Battle Vs. Devils, 57-47
The Tyler Consolidated Knights basketball team suffered a tough loss to Ravenswood Friday night with a final score of 47-57.
Tyler started off this game giving Ravenswood a handful on offense with seniors Mark Rucker and Gage Huffman leading the way. It looked like Tyler was set to dominate this game. However, Ravenswood was able to fight their way back to tie the score at the end of the quarter. The two teams battled right up until the halftime buzzer but Ravenswood was able to sneak a six point lead going into the half.
The second half started off with Tyler’s defense showing up to forcing several turnovers. Zack Placer exhibited some great hustle earning him some steals. Mark Rucker made some beautiful blocks to get the crowd into it. Junior Justin Bowman stepped up by controlling the boards and streaking open for layups as Tyler brought the score to within two points. Ravenswood was forced to burn two timeouts within the first thirty seconds of the third quarter to discuss their defense. Tyler won the points difference in the quarter through good rebounding and ball movement as they went into the fourth quarter trailing by five points.
In the fourth quarter the Red Devils stepped up their defense which gave Tyler fits and made it difficult to get passes in the paint as well as move the ball up the court. This resulted in a few errant passes out of bounds. The boys tried to fight their way back but got into foul trouble along the way. The combination of turnovers and foul trouble gave Ravenswood the edge they needed to take the 47-57 win over Tyler. It was a hard fought game but the Knights were unable to come away with the win. The next regular season home game will be Jan. 22 against Parkersburg Catholic. Be sure to come out and cheer on our Tyler Knight basketball team.
Silver Knights no match for Yellowjackets
By Ed Parsons
Willamstown brought their undefeated basketball team to Tyler Consolidated on Tuesday night, January 7, and came away with a 90-51 trashing of the Silver Knights to run their record to 8-0 on the season. The number two ranked Class A team in the state ran out to a 52-20 halftime lead and outscored the Knights 38-31 in the second half to roll to the victory.
The Yellowjackets established dominance early by taking a 23-10 first quarter lead on a combination of inside-outside baskets and a pressure defense which caused several turnovers leading to scores. The visitors had four players hit double digits with Sam Cremeans coming in with 20 including two 3-pointers. He was backed by Eli Inman and Isaac Cutright with 16 each, while Peyton Amrine hit for 10 markers. Inman knocked down four 3-pointers and Amrine added two.
The Yellowjacket also got eight points each from Xavier Caruthers and Baylor Haught and Colton Luther swished seven.
The Silver Knights Mark Rucker finished as the games top scorer with 22 points, including three 3-pointers, while also grabbing seven rebounds, getting five steals and blocking two shots. Gage Huffman also hit double digits as he finished with 11 points, while adding five assists. The Knights Garrett Littell scored five points while Justin Bowman added four markers and two blocks. Brayden Tallman added two points as did Zack Placer, David Throckmorton, and Noah Swiger. Caleb Strode hit a free throw for a point.
The Knights committed 21 turnovers and made 21-51 field goals and 5-11 free throws. The Yellowjackets canned 35-64 shots from the floor while knocking in 11-17 from the foul line. Overal the visitors hit nine