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Defensive Change, Apollos Brothers Spark Panthers Past Elwood, 60-54
January 7, 2009 - Knightstown coach John Howell had seen enough of his Panthers struggling with a man-to-man defense through three periods, and the chess match move he made in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game against Elwood.
Howell changed up his defense to a zone, which gave the Elwood Panthers plenty of outside shot opportunities over the final eight minutes. They just couldn’t drain them, and Knightstown pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 60-54 win last Tuesday night.
Elwood led 48-47 with less than five minutes to play in the game before the Panthers went on a 7-0 run. Knightstown outscored the hosts 13-6 over the last four minutes to improve its record to 5-3 on the season.
Once the Panthers switched to the zone defense, Elwood shot three-pointers on its next six possessions, missing all six attempts. The zone also changed the game around from a rebounding standpoint. Knightstown was out-rebounded in the game, but controlled the boards in the fourth quarter five four.
In the meantime, Elwood managed to hit just 4-of-18 treys in the game. The Panthers hit 7-of-22 three-pointers and had a nine point advantage from long range.
Elwood didn’t have an answer for the Apollos brothers, who combined for 38 points and 20 rebounds in the contest. Seth Apollos had his best outing of the season, scoring 20 points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Zach Apollos scored 18 points and had nine rebounds.
But those two also controlled most of the fourth quarter, combining to score Knightstown’s last 15 points of the contest. Over the last six minutes, Seth scored 10 points and Zach had the other five.
Elwood jumped out to an early lead in the game, pulling ahead 7-0 while Knightstown was still looking for a good shot. After a Panther bucket the lead was then 9-2, but Knightstown managed to go on a 10-3 run to cut the margin to 15-12 at the first stop.
The Panthers went ahead briefly in the second quarter at 18-16, but the score was knotted up at the half at 30-all. Heading into the final frame the two teams were tied up at 39.
Knightstown senior guard Kelton Lane had 10 points, and junior Colton Kinnaman hit his only shots on a pair of 3-pointers in the early stages of the fourth quarter. Kinnaman also dished out a team-high six assists.
Jordan Back scored four points, and Travis Titus returned to the court for the first time this season. Brice Biehl scored two points and had three steals and three rebounds.
The final numbers by Seth Apollos included 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line for his 20 points. He also had four steals and three assists. He was 3-for-4 from both two- and three-point range.
Zach Apollos hit on 7-of-10 field goals. The Apollos brothers combined for 13-of-18 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.
The Panthers visit New Castle Friday night for an 8 p.m. tip-off. The team does not play a Saturday night game this weekend.
Knightstown 12 18 9 21 - 60
Elwood 15 15 9 15 - 54
Seth Apollos 6-8 5-7 20, Kelton Lane 4-8 0-0 10, Zach Apollos 7-10 4-6 18, Brice Biehl 1-5 0-1 2, Colton Kinnaman 2-9 0-0 6, Anthony Hibbert 0-0 0-0 0, Travis Titus 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Back 2-2 0-0 4, Jordan Hauk 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Martin 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals: 22-44 9-14 60.
Dunnichay 7-16 1-4 17, Creasy 4-14 0-0 9, Abner 5-9 1-2 11, Jones 3-10 0-0 6, Durm 3-3 0-0 6, Young 1-2 0-0 3, Davis 1-2 0-0 2.
Totals: 24-56 2-6 54.
3-Point Shooting: Knightstown 7-22 (S. Apollos 3-4, Lane 2-7, Biehl 0-3, Kinnaman 2-7, Titus 0-1); Elwood 4-18 (Jones 0-3, Young 1-1, Dunnichay 2-9, Creasy 1-5). Rebounds: Knightstown 29 (S. Apollos 11, Z. Apollos 9, Biehl 3, Titus 2). Elwood 27 (Abner 6, Dunnichay 4).
Turnovers: Knightstown 18; Elwood 16.
Total Fouls: Knightstown 9; Elwood 12.
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