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 JV Boys Improve to 12-3 with Win

January 30, 2008 - Almost resembling a car with a delay in the transmission, Knightstown’s junior varsity boys basketball team had trouble getting it going Saturday night against Morristown. But once the team shifted gears, it was all over for the visiting Yellow Jackets.

Coach Justin Linch watched his young Panthers fall behind 7-4 in the second quarter, as the team managed just two first period field goals. But Lynch implemented a full-court press and that proved too much for Morristown to handle. Knightstown turned the game around in carving out a satisfying 34-25 win. The victory improved the junior varsity’s record to 12-3 on the season.

Down 7-4 the Panthers went to work. A pair of free throws by Jordan Hauk got Knightstown started on an 11-1 run. The press then forced a turnover, and Nick Hochstedler scored on a nice inlet pass from Drew Martin that gave the Panthers the lead.

After a Yellow Jacket free throw tied the game at 8-8, the Panthers scored seven straight points. Anthony Forshey lit up the crowd by stinging Morristown with a three-pointer and the visitors would never lead again.

Nine seconds later Anthony was at it again, stealing the ball and being fouled on his way to the bucket. His two free throws, giving him five straight points, pointed the Panthers on their way. But he wasn’t done.

On the next Yellow Jacket possession, Forshey struck again with another steal. Hauk drove inside for two more points, and suddenly it was 15-8, with Knightstown putting up 11 points in three minutes and allowing just a free throw.

Morristown got a pair of free throws with one second on the clock to cut the halftime lead to 15-10.

The Panthers started out strong in the third quarter, opening up with a 9-1 run to go ahead 24-11. Colby Lane followed a Chris Mefford free throw with a trey, and Lane Fields scored on a fast-break basket to make it 21-11. Aaron Forshey then got into the act by ripping down an offensive rebounds and getting a put-back and a foul. His old-fashioned three-point play upped the lead to 24-11

The Yellow Jackets had gone more than seven minutes without a field goal before they hit with 1:12 to play in the third quarter. But that bucket started an 8-0 run for the Yellow Jackets, and with 4:49 to play in the game, they were suddenly within five at 24-19.

The Panthers responded to the challenge when Travis Titus hit a clutch three-pointer that got the lead back up to eight points. A driving lay-up by Hauk pushed the lead back to 10, and Titus followed with two more on a nice move inside that made it 31-19.

The Panthers had responded to the 8-0 Morristown run with seven straight points of their own, swatting away the comeback-minded Yellow Jackets.

Eight different Knightstown players scored in the game, showing the team’s unusual depth. Hauk led the way with 10 points, while Titus scored seven, including five in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Forshey scored all five of his points in that second quarter flurry that turned the game around. Aaron Forshey, Fields and Lane each scored three points, Hochstedler had two, while Mefford added one.

The win improved the JV boys record to 12-3 on the season. They play again Friday night at Blue River. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

 

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