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With Seth Out Sick, Zach Apollos Explodes For 38 Points in Win Over Tigers
February 25, 2009 - Knightstown didn’t have the outside shooting range, but more than made up for it with the inside game in getting a hard-fought, 79-78, overtime victory at Sectional 42 rival Hagerstown last Wednesday.
Junior Zach Apollos exploded for a career-high 38 points and had 11 rebounds as the Panthers overcame an almost unconscious shooting night by the host Tigers. Hagerstown drilled 12-of-23 three-pointers in the contest, continuing to knock down the long-range treys and keep the team in the game.
Knightstown managed to hit just 1-of-11 three-pointers, but consistently either drove or passed inside for paint buckets that made the ultimate difference in the outcome.
The Panthers hit 32-of-57 field goals overall in the contest, but were 31-of-46 from two-point range, firing at a better than 67 percent clip. Apollos and Biehl did the majority of the damage inside.
The Knightstown big man knocked down 16-of-23 field goals and five of his six free throw attempts for his career-high night. Biehl was effective in penetrating the ball inside for essential hoops against slower defenders. He was off from long range, missing all four of his three-point attempts, but hit on 7-of-11 two-point tries and 6-of-10 free throws for 20 points.
Those inside-the-paint points were needed because Knightstown was ineffective from the three-point line. Senior Kelton Lane had an uncharacteristic off night, going 0-for-5 on trey attempts and scoring just two points.
But Apollos and Biehl more than made up the difference. Seniors Jordan Back and Anthony Hibbert, as well as junior Jordan Hauk, were a combined 5-of-6 from the field and all of those came on the inside.
Knightstown needed that marksmanship because the Tigers played their best game of the season, connecting on over 50 percent of their three-point attempts. Josh Morris and Alex Houck were 5-of-8 and 4-of-6, respectively, from long range and combined to score 55 points for the Tigers.
Knightstown led 18-15 after one quarter and 36-32 at the half. The lead was extended to 50-44 after three quarters before a late run by the Tigers sent the contest into overtime. Knightstown scored 15 points in the extra frame and needed every one of them.
BY THE NUMBERS
Score By Quarters
Knightstown 18 36 50 64 79
Hagerstown 15 32 44 64 78
Player FG-A FT-A TP REB
Drew Martin 0-1 1-3 1 3
Anthony Hibbert 1-2 2-2 4 3
Travis Titus 3-5 0-0 6 2
Jordan Hauk 2-2 0-0 4 1
Brice Biehl 7-15 6-10 20 8
Kelton Lane 1-8 0-0 2 0
Zach Apollos 16-23 5-6 38 11
Jordan Back 2-2 0-0 4 0
Totals: 32-57 14-21 79 28
Player FG-A FT-A TP REB
Josh Morris 9-13 5-5 28 1
Sam Wilson 5-14 4-6 17 7
Brandon Burns 0-4 0-0 0 1
Bart Hellwarth 1-1 2-2 4 3
Alex Houck 7-13 9-10 27 6
Taylor Brown 0-1 0-0 0 1
Travis Mueller 0-1 0-0 0 4
Lee Crownover 1-2 0-0 2 1
Austin Robinson 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals: 23-49 20-23 78 24
3-point field goals: K 1-11 (Z. Apollos 1-1, Biehl 0-4, Lane 0-5, Titus 0-1). H – 12-23 (Houck 4-6, Morris 5-8, Wilson 2-7, Burns 0-1).
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