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 Knightstown Holds Off Cougars in 64-63 Thriller

February 18, 2009 -  Knightstown’s varsity boys basketball team used a dominating 24-10 third quarter run to open up a 16-point lead, and then held on for dear life in defeating Greenfield-Central 64-63 last Thursday.

The Panthers controlled the game in the third frame, extending a 32-30 halftime lead to pull ahead 56-40 after three quarters. The Panthers then fell into a pattern of hurrying shots and allowed the Cougars to battle back into the game.

Greenfield cut the Panther lead to 61-60 in the closing minutes. Senior Brice Biehl hit two clutch free throws to and Seth Apollos added another freebie to make it a two possession game at 64-60.

The Cougars hit a three-pointer to close the gap to one point, and had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but missed on another three-point attempt.

Knightstown had to play the entire game without backup journeyman Jordan Back, who had been ejected the previous Saturday during an extremely physical game at North Decatur. Center Zach Apollos received a technical against the Chargers and sat out the first half against Greenfield.

Without those two key inside players, Knightstown depended on its guard play to keep them in the game, and that’s exactly what happened. The score was knotted up at 16-all after one period, and the Panthers held a slim 32-30 halftime lead.

Anthony Hibbert continued his impressive play as of late with 10 key first half points, and Kelton Lane added eight points during the first two quarters.

When Zach Apollos returned in the third frame, he went to work, scoring nine points and staking the Panthers to a 56-40 lead heading into the final eight minutes. But the Panthers turned the ball over six times in the fourth quarter, opening the door for the Cougars to make their charge.

Four Knightstown players scored in double figures, led by 13 apiece from Hibbert and Lane. Brice Biehl scored 11, Zach Apollos had 10, while Seth Apollos had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Travis Titus and Lane Fields capped the Knightstown scoring with six and three points, respectively.

BY THE NUMBERS

Score By Quarters

Greenfield 16 30 40 63

Knightstown 16 32 56 64

Greenfield (63)

Conley 6-13 2-3 17, Wise 5-7 2-2 15, Neuman 8-20 5-6 24, Davisson 2-4 0-1 4, Beal 1-3 0-0 3, McClarnon 0-0 0-0 0, McQueeny 0-2 0-0 0, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals: 22-49 9-11 63.

Knightstown (64)

Anthony Hibbert 4-6 4-5 13, Travis Titus 2-5 1-2 6, Drew Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Apollos 3-6 1-3 8, Jordan Hauk 0-0 0-0 0, Brice Biehl 4-9 2-4 11, Kelton Lane 5-12 0-0 13, Zach Apollos 3-5 4-4 10, Lane Fields 1-1 1-2 3.

Totals: 22-44 13-21 64.

3-pointers: K – Lane 3, Biehl 1, Titus 1, Hibbert 1, S. Apollos 1. G – Conley 3, Wise 3, Neuman 3, Beal 1.

Turnovers: K – 14, G – 11.

 

 

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