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 Centerville Threes Stymie Knightstown Comeback

January 16, 2008 - Last Friday night the Knightstown Panthers continued to show signs that they are turning the corner and maturing into a better basketball team. Unfortunately, around every corner stood Jacob Stewart and Drew Schauss.

Centerville’s outstanding duo combined for 47 of that team’s points in a 63-60 victory over the Panthers, handing Knightstown its ninth loss of the season.

Stewart, a sophomore, had the game of his career, knocking down eight-of-10 three-pointers to turn back every attempt at a rally the Panthers could muster.

And once again, the Knightstown storyline read just as it had in six previous Panther losses. A three-minute scoring drought by the Panthers coincided with another opponent’s scoring run – this one 12-0 – that put too much real estate between the two teams.

Knightstown had forged ahead 39-36 in the third quarter when Stewart nailed four straight three-pointers. In the process the Panthers missed five straight shots, and Centerville pulled ahead 48-39.

An aggressive run cut the Bulldog lead to five points at 48-43, but Centerville then went on another run of 11-3 to go up front 59-46 with just 3:15 on the game clock. The total damage of the scoring run was 23-6 over an eight-minute stretch. During that run the Panthers twice missed five straight shots while Stewart was knocking down five treys and Schauss was having his way inside.

But the Panthers again showed game and fought their way back. Zach Apollos completed an old-fashioned three-point play and Travis Titus took advantage of some varsity minutes by drilling a trey that cut the lead to 59-52 with 2:42 left.

The Panthers got the ball back and missed another three, but on the ensuing series Titus stole the ball and drove it home to cut the lead to 59-54 at the 2:22 mark. Both teams took turns missing free throws throughout the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs dropped in two-of-four to go ahead 61-54.

Freshman Seth Apollos, who scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, then knocked down a three-pointer to suddenly cut the lead to 61-57. After another Bulldog free throw, Apollos struck again with a trey from 25 feet to pull the Panthers to within two at 62-60 with 3.7 seconds left.

Centerville’s Wes Brandon knocked down one free throw and a half-court desperation shot by Knightstown wasn’t close.

The Panthers showed game in rallying back with a 21-point fourth quarter. Knightstown turned the tables with a 14-3 run of its own in the final three minutes, indicating the team is showing signs of maturing.

Senior Kelton Lane had another outstanding game and got off to a blistering start in the opening quarter. Lane, who finished with 20 points, has averaged 15 over the last four contests. He knocked down 18 the previous week against North Decatur.

Lane hit all five of his shots and scored 12 first-quarter points. The Panthers opened up with a 17-13 lead when Anthony Hibbert scored just before the horn. But Centerville adjusted its defense in the second frame and occasionally used a box-in-one on the sharp-shooting guard.

Zach Apollos, who scored eight points in the second quarter, knocked down two that gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the contest at 23-18. Centerville then went to their big guns Stewart and Schauss, and closed out the quarter with an 11-4 run that gave them a 29-27 lead at the half. Schauss had 14 of his team’s points at that stage.

After falling behind 31-27, the Panthers went on another mini-run. Lane hit Apollos for an easy two, and then ripped the nets on another trey to regain the lead. Brice Biehl rebounded his own miss and scored to give the Panthers a 34-31 advantage.

But then Stewart went to work, hitting the first of his five treys in the period. Lane answered with a three and Apollos scored on another nice pass from Lane that gave the Panthers the 39-36 lead.

Stewart then exploded for four consecutive treys on the Bulldog’s 12-0 run, and that gave the visitor a nine-point cushion after three quarters.

Stewart’s eight-for-10 night was by far his best shooting performance, and his team needed it. Although the rest of the Bulldogs combined for 14-of-30 from the field, they hit just nine-of-20 from the foul line and all 11 misses occurred in the fourth quarter.

Knightstown missed five free throws in the final frame and was just three-of-nine for the game. The Panthers finished 25-of-53 from the field, but shot just 13-of-31 in the second half.

Lane led the Panthers with 20 points, while Zach Apollos had another double-double with 17 points on eight-of-10 shooting and had 10 rebounds. Seth Apollos scored 11 points on four-of-seven from the field. The Apollos brothers were a combined 12-of-17 from the field, while the rest of the team combined for 13-of -36 shooting.

Titus, who had played extremely well in the junior varsity game earlier that night, took advantage of some varsity minutes and sparked the team with five fourth-quarter points. Anthony Hibbert came off the bench to add four points, Brice Biehl scored two and Bryce Cole added one.

The Panthers will try to turn things around Friday night when they travel to Shenandoah for a White River Athletic Conference match with the Raiders. The game is the second in a double-header also featuring the Lady Panther basketball team. The girls tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys are scheduled for 8 p.m.



Bulldogs (63)

Jacob Stewart 8-10 0-0 24, Drew Schauss 10-19 3-9 23, Wes Brandon 2-5 1-2 7, Brad Siegel 0-1 3-4 3, Jordan Sandlin 2-3 2-5 6, Matt Schauss 0-2 0-0 0.

Totals: 22-40 9-20 63.

3-pointers: Stewart 8, Brandon 2.


Panthers (60)

Zach Apollos 8-10 1-2 17, Colton Kinnaman 0-7 0-0 0, Jordan Bearhope 0-2 0-0 0, Kelton Lane 8-17 0-0 20, Bryce Cole 0-0 1-3 1, Seth Apollos 4-7 1-2 11, Travis Titus 2-3 0-2 5, Anthony Hibbert 2-4 0-0 4, Brice Biehl 1-4 0-0 2, Kyle Buckley 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals: 25-53 3-9 60.

3-pointers: Lane 4, Seth Apollos 2, Titus 1.

Turnovers: Knightstown 18, Centerville 17.


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