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 Lane Explodes For 25 Points, Panthers Edge Chargers 45-40

February 11, 2009 -  Knightstown senior shooting guard Kelton Lane picked the perfect night to light up the scoreboard.

Lane was on fire from the onset, drilling five three-pointers and scoring a career-high 25 points to lead the Panthers to a 45-40 win at North Decatur Saturday night.

Lane also hit a clutch trey with 40 seconds to play that put the Panthers up by three points and forced the Chargers into fouling and sending Knightstown to the free throw line.

The win was the third straight for the Panthers and improved their record to 8-7 on the season. It was especially a satisfying victory for coach John Howell, who saw his team respond well to an extremely physical game that had a little bit of everything normally seen in a gridiron clash.

The contest was a back-and-forth battle most of the way, with North Decatur playing a very physical game in an effort to negate the powerful Panther inside game of Zach and Seth Apollos. To some point the strategy worked, as the Apollos brothers were held to a combined nine points and eight rebounds.

But the game plan was denied primarily by Lane, who consistently knocked down the long jumpers that kept the Chargers on the chasing end of the game throughout the night.

Lane hit two treys and hit eight points in the first quarter, and then put together a repeat performance in the second frame with nine more points and two more three-pointers.

The senior sharpshooter was held to two points in the third quarter, but erupted for another trey and six more points in the fourth frame, including that clutch three that came with 40 seconds showing on the game clock.

“It was a very physical game,” Howell said. “North Decatur was big and had some pretty thick players. There were a lot of fouls and a lot that weren’t called because both teams were playing pretty physical basketball.

“Overall, we didn’t score like we wanted to, but for the type of game that it was, we played pretty well.”

Every time Knightstown needed a clutch bucket, Lane came up with the huge play.

“Kelton just had a great game,” Howell said. “He came up really big when we needed him to.”

The Panthers led 13-11 after one quarter, primarily because Lane ripped two treys and another field goal for eight points. Zach Apollos and Anthony Hibbert both hit fielders and Travis Titus added a free throw in the opening stanza.

Lane scored nine more second quarter points on two treys, a two-point fielder and a free throw. Titus added another three-pointer and Drew Martin hit a free throw to make it 26-24 at the half.

A sloppy third quarter included a lot of fouls and a lot more shots clanging off of the front of the rim. Knightstown got buckets from Hibbert, Titus and Lane, and held North Decatur to a single point while increase their lead to 32-25 after three frames.

Centerville made a run in the fourth quarter and eventually tied the game before Lane’s three and some clutch free throw shooting put the game in the bag.

Knightstown scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting 8-of-12 from the free throw line. Lane’s trey and a bucket by Zach Apollos inside were the only field goals of the final period for the Panthers.

Lane’s 25 points were a career-high. Zach Apollos was held to eight points, but got six of those in the fourth quarter, including 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Titus scored six points and Hibbert added four. Seth Apollos was held to one point, but had four steals, four rebounds and two assists. Brice Biehl, Zach Apollos and Titus all had three assists apiece.



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