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 Waldron Drops Panthers to 1-18 on Year

February 21, 2007 - In basketball terms, they say when you live and die by the three-pointer, the latter can sometimes be very painful.

Knightstown found those words to be more than true last Friday night. The Panthers chucked the ball up from the cheap seats 26 times against Waldron, hitting just three of those three-point attempts in losing the final home game of the season, 62-45.

Saturday night the Panthers lost a 69-60 decision at Hagerstown, dropping their record to 1-19 on the season.

The 3-for-26 effort from three-point land Friday wasn’t offset by field goal attempts from closer to the basket, either. The Panthers were 14-38 on two-point attempts, finishing the night hitting just 17-of-64 field goal attempts.

During one eight-minute stretch of the game, the Panthers sandwiched one field goal in between 20 misses.

Waldron also blocked eight shots in the game, and ironically, five of those were on three-point attempts.

Just as they had done throughout the entire season, the Panthers started the game strong and faltered through an extended scoring lull.

After a 14-13 first quarter, Knightstown went ahead 16-14 on a trey from Ryan Hood. Buckets by Zach Apollos and Nate Hibbert kept the game close at 21-20 with 3:02 to play in the second quarter. Remarkably, the Panthers were trailing by one point despite hitting on just two of their 14 three-pointers at that stage of the game.

Over the last 3:02 of the first half, Knightstown turned the ball over three times and missed eight straight shots. Waldron went on an 8-0 run during that stretch to lead 29-20 at the half.

In the third quarter it got worse.

The Panthers missed their first 10 shots in the period, and a Mohawk trey at the 4:21 mark gave them a 41-21 lead. When Kyle Buckley hit a fielder with 2:36 to play in the period, he stopped a streak of 18 consecutive misses and nearly nine minutes of play without a Panther field goal.

The disastrous offensive show continued until Waldron hit with 3:50 to play in the game, increasing their lead to 56-30. At that stage of the game Knightstown had missed 21 treys in the contest, while hitting two.

The Panthers then went on their patented fourth quarter run, out-scoring the Mohawks 15-3 over the last three minutes. Apollos scored seven of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, while Hood scored five. Seven different Knightstown players scored in the final quarter, and the team clearly looked like someone else over the last three minutes.

Suddenly becoming aggressive, the Panthers went on an 11-0 run. A team that started the game shooting 9-45 from the field, finished it by firing in 8-19 fielders.

Following a block by Apollos, Kelton Lane scored on a fast break basket. Hood hit a trey, and Hibbert followed with two free throws.

Dakota James hit inside, and Hood followed with a pair of freebies that cut the lead to 56-41. Buckley hit inside, and Travis Titus added two free throws to bring Knightstown to within 59-45 in the game’s final seconds. That’s the closest the score had been since early in the third quarter, and capped a 15-3 Panther run.

Waldron closed out the game by hitting a half-court desperation shot at the buzzer.

Apollos finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, both team highs Hibbert added 10 points, while Hood had eight and Buckley six. Biehl, James, Lane and Titus scored two apiece.

Long-range bombing usually takes teams out of rebounding position, and this game was no exception. The Panthers were dominated on the boards by Waldron 49-33. The Mohawks were also whistled for just one first half foul. On the positive side, the Panthers have been averaging roughly 25 turnovers per game. Friday night, Knightstown turned the ball over just 10 times.


Larrison 7 2-4 16, Perry 4 1-2 11, Miller 5 0-3 11, Hurst 4 1-2 9, Nieman 1 3-4 5, Mattingly 2 0-0 4, Procell 1 1-1 3, Hensley 1 0-2 3

Totals: 25-56 8-18 62


Nate Hibbert 3 3-4 10, Ryan Hood 2 2-2 8, Zach Apollos 6 1-2 13, Kyle Buckley 3 0-0 6, Brice Biehl 1 0-2 2, Dakota James 1 0-0 2, Kelton Lane 1 0-0 2, Travis Titus 0 2-2 2

Totals: 17-64 8-12 45


3-point field goals: K 3 (Hood 2, Hibbert). W 4 (Perry 2, Miller, Hensley.

Turnovers: W 13, K 10.

Rebounds: W 49 (Perry 13), K 33 (Apollos 13)


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