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Panthers Cruise Past Hagerstown in First Round Game
March 5, 2008 - Knightstown’s game plan against Hagerstown in the sectional opener was to shut down Tiger leading scoring Bryant DeBaun. Mission accomplished.
The Panthers used big runs in the second and third quarters, and DeBaun was for the most part hounded by Knightstown defenders the entire game. The Panthers cruised to a relatively easy 71-51 first-round win, advancing to the semifinals against Eastern Hancock.
DeBaun finished an uncharacteristic five-of-23 from the field, firing at will from well beyond the three-point arc because those were the only shots the senior could get.
DeBaun nailed two three-pointers in the first quarter and Hagerstown had an early 14-12 lead. But the Panthers blew the game open with a 24-7 run from that point, opening up a 36-21 lead. Knightstown continued its excellent play with a 10-0 third-quarter burst that brought the run to 34-9 before Hagerstown could respond. After those two treys in the first quarter, DeBaun didn’t hit another one the rest of the game. He finished with a career-worst 18 missed shots and was forcing the ball from long range due to the Panther defensive pressure, which extended beyond the three-point line most of the game.
Ten different Panthers got into the scoring act as Howell went deep to his bench early and Hagerstown didn’t have the numbers to match up. The two teams had met just 10 days earlier and Knightstown posted a relatively easy 78-49 win. In that game the Panthers completely shut down DeBaun, holding him scoreless on 0-for-seven shooting. In two games against Knightstown this season he went five-for-30 from the field.
Despite being out-manned, the Tigers put up a good fight early. DeBaun hit his two treys and freshman Alex Houck, who finished with 20 points, scored seven points to give the Tigers a 14-12 lead with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.
Panther freshman Seth Apollos then drilled back-to-back three-pointers and the Panthers were off to the races. Their 34-9 run included 10 consecutive points by Seth Apollos. Knightstown went on an 18-9 run in the second quarter when Seth scored six, Colton Kinnaman hit a trey, Zach Apollos scored four, and Anthony Hibbert and Jordan Back came off the bench for key buckets.
Knightstown had forged a 36-23 halftime lead with a 24-9 run. The Panthers got a four-point play by Seth Apollos. He was fouled on a three-pointer and hit the free throw. Three free throws by DeBaun made it 24-17, but the Panthers were methodical in building the lead to 13 at the half.
The Apollos brothers both hit to start the third quarter, and Kelton Lane stole the ball and hit Brice Biehl, who completed the old-fashioned three-point play.
Kinnaman followed with a long trey and suddenly it was 46-23 with 6:30 left in the third period. After Lane hit a three and Zach Apollos scored again on the inside, Knightstown’s lead had ballooned to 51-25 with 5:17 to go in the third quarter. Hagerstown’s last lead had been 14-12, and that flurry brought the Panther run to 39-11 over a 12-minute span.
The rest of the game was for the most part sloppy. A Houck trey followed four consecutive Knightstown turnovers and capped a 22-10 Hagerstown run that cut the deficit to 61-47 with 4:45 to play.
Travis Titus scored on an assist from Seth Apollos, and then fed Zach Apollos with a nice pass for two more to end any comeback thoughts Hagerstown might have had.
Zach Apollos scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds, tying with Houck for game-high honors. Seth Apollos scored 14 points and Kinnaman added 11. They were the only Panthers in double figures, but several others hit the scoreboard.
Lane had six, Anthony Hibbert scored five, Titus and Biehl and Kyle Buckley scored four points apiece. Back scored two and Jordan Bearhope had one.
Alex Houck 7-10 2-3 20, Bryant DeBaun 5-23 3-3 15, Dustin Orr 2-7 6-8 10, Sammy Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Bart Hellwarth 0-1 2-2 2, Brandt Miller 2-4 0-0 4, Josh Morris 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals: 16-47 13-16 51
Kenton Lane 2-5 0-0 6, Colton Kinnaman 4-7 1-1 11, Zach Apollos 8-11 4-4 20, Seth Apollos 5-9 1-1 14, Brice Biehl 1-4 2-3 4, Jordan Bearhope 0-1 1-2 1, Kyle Buckley 0-1 4-4 4, Bryce Cole 0-1 0-2 0, Travis Titus 1-4 2-2 4, Anthony Hibbert 1-1 3-4 5, Jordan Back 1-2 0-1 2, Colby Lane 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals: 23-46 18-24 71
3-point goals: S. Apollos 3, Kinnaman 2, Lane 2, Houck 4, DeBaun 2.
Rebounds: K – 38 (Z. Apollos 11, S. Apollos 7); H – 21 (Orr 6).
Turnovers: K 18, H 19.
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