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Senior Boys Basketball
Knights even record with five-point win over previously undefeated Earl of March
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights gave themselves an early Christmas present on Thursday by downing the Earl of March Lions 43-38 to even their record at 2-2 heading into the holiday break..

Fresh off a dismal 51-45 loss to Glebe, the Knights went back to the basics against the Lions, focusing on team defence to limit their oppeonent's open looks and second shot opportunities.

The only thing that separated the two teams after the first quarter was a pair of free throws by Jeremy Azangi. The low-scoring game stayed close until late in the second half when the Kinghts managed to open up a four point lead while holding the Lions to just 11 points.

St. Pete's opened up the second half with seven unanswered points to take a 22-11 lead. Four tres from Daniel Nwosu and Mike Zablocki would offset the Lions sleeping giant, 6-11 centre Ryan Evans, who began to impose his will in the paint dropping in a pair of buckets and drawing a pair of fouls for total of eight points.

The Knights enjoyed a six point cushion heading into the final quarter, but they nearly threw it away thanks to four missed free throws in a row on the opening shot of a 1-and-1. Fortunately for the home team, the visiting Lions were unable to capitalize at the other end of the court and the Knights held on for the win.

Co-coach Ashley Coventry was pleased with his team's play, especially without their own big man, Dylan Goodyear, in the lineup.

"Sure it was a big win for us. It was a character win. The guys are coming together and they're starting to get it," said Coventry.

Nwosu led the Knights with 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half, Zablocki scored 13 and Azangi and Jordan Branker added six points each.

The Knights won two preseason tournamenrts before opeing up their high school schedule with a 64-37 win over Glebe. They then lost a close one in overtime against Louis Riel before their highly forgettable rematch against the Gryphons.

Both Coventry and fellow co-coach Mario Gaetano are hoping the Knights will be able to build on their win when the go to the Xavier Rimrocker Tournament in Toronto next week.

(Posted 8:30 a.m., Dec. 16)

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