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 Panther Boys Swept at Home; Shenandoah, Mt. Vernon Extend Losing Streak to Four Games

January 28, 2009 -  Saturday night, the Knightstown Panther boys basketball team battled against what was by far the best team they have played this season. The Panthers had game, battling back from an early double-digit deficit, but eventually fell to the Class 3A Mt. Vernon Marauders 72-57. From the opening tip-off, the Panthers weren’t up to the challenge of going up against a much taller Mt. Vernon basketball team.

That aspect was obvious in the end of game statistics, in which the Marauders enjoyed a 35-18 rebounding advantage. Mt. Vernon had two players that stretched the tape to 6-6 and three more that stood 6-4. Those five players accounted for 64 of the 72 points and 31 of the 35 rebounds the Marauders had on the night. A fourth 6-4 player had three of the other four rebounds.

The loss completed a weekend sweep for visitors against the Panthers, who lost a disappointing 50-47 Friday night decision to Shenandoah. Knightstown is now 5-7 on the year and losers of four straight games, including seven of their last nine.

But Knightstown showed signs of being able to play much better on this night. The team once again got off to a horrible start, shooting just 3-of-13 from the field in the first quarter and being out-rebounded 11-4. Mt. Vernon jumped out to a 12-2 lead, and expanded that to 22-9 three minutes into the second quarter.

The Marauders led by 17 points at one point in the second frame, 31-14, by crashing the boards and getting multiple second and third shots each time down the court. Knightstown managed a 13-7 run over the final three minutes of the first half to cut the margin to 38-27 at halftime. Travis Titus hit a clutch three-pointer and Seth Apollos made an acrobatic tip-in just before the buzzer to complete the run and get the Panthers back into the game.

In the third quarter, Knightstown looked better than it has the entire season, putting together its best eight minutes of basketball this year. The Panthers not only outscored Mt. Vernon 19-12 in the quarter, but also out-rebounded the Marauders 6-5 in the period. That was an impressive show considering during the other three quarters, Mt. Vernon controlled the boards by a 30-12 count.

The biggest reason for the resurgence in the third quarter was the team went inside to Zach Apollos, who despite being surrounded by two players taller than him, dominated the game anyway. He scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in the quarter, dropping in seven straight points during one stretch that made it 44-36.

Brice Biehl then collected his second steal of the quarter and fed Kelton Lane for two, and Seth Apollos scored after a steal. Colton Kinnaman knocked down a clutch three-pointer and Zach then scored on a smooth spin move inside as the Panthers pulled to within 50-46 heading into the fourth quarter. That run, when Knightstown came back from a 31-14 second quarter deficit, took place over 11 minutes and was 32-19 domination by the Panthers, including 11 points by Zach Apollos.

Trailing by just four points entering the final eight minutes, the Panthers inexplicably came down the court and launched three consecutive long-range three-pointers. Each clanged off the rim, and the Marauders immediately extended their lead back to eight points.

After Zach Apollos hit again on the inside, making the score 54-48 with 5:43 to play, Knightstown went back to its old ways. The Panthers committed turnovers on four of the next five possessions – all on bad passes – and completed the game with seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Marauders went on a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to walk away with a hard-earned win.

After that 32-19 Panther run to get back into the game, Mt. Vernon out-scored Knightstown in the fourth quarter 22-11.


Score By Quarters

Mount Vernon 15 38 50 72

Knightstown 8 27 46 57

Mount Vernon (72)

Player Fg-a Ft-a Tp Reb

Turner 7-8 5-8 19 8

Stafford 6-6 2-2 15 5

Hubert 4-12 5-5 13 1

Davis 3-6 3-5 12 9

Voltz 3-6 2-3 4 8

Banayote 3-6 2-2 8 1

Wathome 0-0 0-0 0 0

Sanders 0-0 0-0 0 0

Morales 0-0 0-0 0 0

N. Bundy 0-2 0-0 0 3

C. Bundy 0-0 0-0 0 0

Totals: 26-46 19-27 72 35

3-pointers: Stafford.

Knightstown (57)

Player Fg-a Ft-a Tp Reb

S. Apollos 5-11 5-7 16 6

Z. Apollos 7-12 1-1 15 6

Titus 2-4 3-4 9 1

Lane 2-5 2-2 7 0

Kinnaman 2-5 0-0 6 1

Hibbert 1-4 0-0 2 1

Biehl 0-3 1-2 1 3

Hauk 0-0 1-2 1 0

Martin 0-0 0-2 0 0

Forshey 0-0 0-0 0 0

Back 0-0 0-0 0 0

Mefford 0-0 0-0 0 0

Totals: 19-44 13-20 57 18

3-pointers: Titus 2, Kinnaman 2, S. Apollos, Lane.

Turnovers: K -17, M – 15.



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