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 Panthers Paste Patriots 51-47

March 11, 2009 -  For the second time this season, the Knightstown Panthers spotted the Union County Patriots an early lead, and then dominated the game in the closing minutes to pull out a victory.

Last week in the opening round of the Hagerstown Class 2A sectional, the Panthers rallied from 10 points down to eliminate the Patriots, 51-47. The win enabled Knightstown to advance to the semifinal round against eventual sectional champion Centerville.

The Panthers appeared to be in trouble throughout the second period and early stages of the third quarter. An early 12-9 Knightstown lead turned into a 25-18 deficit when the Panthers shot just 7-for-24 from the field in the first half. Union County’s 16-6 run in the second quarter was the best eight minutes of basketball the team had played this season, according to coach Mark Detweiler.

But Knightstown slowly seized the game’s momentum in the third frame after the Patriots had pulled ahead by 10 points, 31-21 with six minutes to play. The Panthers cut the margin to 33-31 heading into the fourth quarter on a bucket by Seth Apollos, and a steal and lay-in by Brice Biehl. Travis Titus hit a slicing drive for two and Zach Apollos came back with a bucket for a quick 8-0 to make it 31-29. Zach’s rebound basket made it 33-31 after three quarters.

The Panthers had trailed Union County 42-38 going into the final period when the teams met earlier this season and Knightstown dominated the final period in a 69-56 win.

The Panthers offered up a near repeat performance again in the sectional, taking the Patriots out of the game by switching back-and-forth from a half-court trap to a full-court press that Union County couldn’t handle. The press and trap caused five Patriot turnovers over the last five minutes of the quarter.

The second half was almost a different game for the Panthers on this night. After hitting just 7-of-24 field goals in the first two quarters, Knightstown fired at a 13-of-22 clip over the last two.

Union County got a three-pointer from sophomore Andrew Strait – who hit six treys in the game and finished with 18 points – to take a 36-31 lead. But that would be one of their last hurrahs on this night.

Knightstown immediately went on an 8-0 run and Union County never led again. Travis Titus hit a free throw and Seth Apollos followed with a rebound basket. Seth then continued to attack the offensive glass and got another rebound bucket to tie the game at 36-all.

Drew Martin grabbed an errant Patriot shot and Seth scored his seventh straight point on a long trey, putting the Panthers head for the first time since the opening seconds of the second quarter.

Titus and Biehl traded buckets with Union City until the Patriots tied the game at 43 on Strait’s fifth three-pointer of the night, which came with 3:16 to play.

The Panthers had ample opportunities to pull away in the game’s closing minutes, but hit just 5-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter. They also missed the front ends of three one-and-one situations.

Strait’s sixth trey of the night cut the lead to 49-47 before Biehl closed the door by sinking two free throws with six seconds to play in the game.

Knightstown hit just 8-of-19 free throws in the contest.

Seth Apollos led the Panthers with 16 points, getting 12 of those in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter. He also had five rebounds.

Zach Apollos scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds. Lane scored nine points, Titus had seven points and six boards and Biehl had four points. Martin scored two points and grabbed four rebounds, while Jordan Back had two points.

In two games against Union County this season, Knightstown outscored the Patriots in the fourth quarter by a combined 51-28. The win enabled the Panthers to advance to the sectional semifinal against Centerville. The Bulldogs moved on in the tournament by defeating Shenandoah in their first round game.


Score By Quarters

Knightstown 12 18 31 51

Union County 9 25 33 47


Knightstown (51) Fg-a Ft-a TP REB

Kelton Lane 2-7 4-6 9 1

Travis Titus 3-6 1-5 7 6

Brice Biehl 1-3 2-3 4 2

Seth Apollos 7-11 0-0 16 5

Zach Apollos 5-15 1-3 11 10

Drew Martin 1-1 0-0 2 4

Jordan Back 1-3 0-0 2 1

Jordan Hauk 0-0 0-2 0 1

Totals: 20-46 8-19 51 30

Union County (47) Fg-a Ft-a TP REB

Andrew Strait 6-13 0-0 18 0

Jeff Sustarsic 5-11 0-0 12 2

Dylan Deilkes 1-3 4-6 6 7

Tate Scheinbein 3-4 0-0 6 2

Brad Hartman 1-1 0-0 2 6

Lee Hartman 0-0 0-0 0 1

Dustin VanWinkle 0-0 0-0 0 1

Matt Baker 1-5 0-0 3 2

Royce Giffin 0-1 0-0 0 2

Totals: 17-38 4-6 47 23

3-pointers: Strait 6, Sustarsic 2, Seth Apollos 2, Lane.

Turnovers: K – 12, UC – 16.

Personal Fouls: K – 11, UC – 17.



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