even record with five-point win over previously undefeated
Earl of March
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..
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
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Coventry was pleased with his team's play, especially
without their own big man, Dylan Goodyear, in the lineup.
it was a big win for us. It was a character win. The guys
are coming together and they're starting to get it,"
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.
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.
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
8:30 a.m., Dec. 16)
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