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Silver Knights Falls to Blue Devils

March 6, 2019
BY ED PARSONS - STAFF WRITER (EPARSONS@TYLERSTARNEWS.COM) , Tyler Star News

Tyler Consolidated and St. Marys hooked up in the Section One, Region Two Class A basketball championship on Friday night, March 1 with the Blue Devils gaining a 76-50 home floor win. Both teams will move to Regional play tomorrow night with the Devils hosting Cameron, while the Silver Knights will travel to take on 13-6 Wheeling Central. The winners of those two games will advance to the state tournament in Charleston beginning Wednesday, March 13.

On Friday, the Knights jumped out to an early 13-6 first-quarter lead before the Blue Devils went on a 13-0 run, which included four 3-pointers to end the quarter up, 19-13. The second frame spelled disaster for the Knights as St. Marys clamped down on defense to limit Tyler to four points in the quarter while again hitting four 3-pointers to finish the half up, 36-17. The Knights' only points of the second quarter came on two baskets by senior Griffin Phillips.

After the break the Blue Devils continued the offensive onslaught, hitting three 3-pointers on their way to a 21-17 advantage in the quarter. The Silver Knights' Tyler West, who was held scoreless in the first half, got going in the third, scoring 13 of his team's points.

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Tyler Consolidated’s Mark Rucker (24) looks to hit a leaner in the lane against a Ritchie County defender.

With the score 57-34 heading into the last eight minutes, the Blue Devils never let up and took the last period, 19-16, for the final margin of 26 points. West hit seven fourth-quarter points for the Knights to end with 20 points, all in the second half. Phillips finished with 16 for Tyler, while Mark Rucker added six, and Gage Huffman ended with four. Justin Bowman and Zack Placer each hit a basket.

The Blue Devils had four players hit in double-digits with Peyton Auxier and William Steele each scoring 20 points. Isaak Mooney hit 13, and Grant Barnhart added 11. Overall, the Blue Devils hit 25 field goals, including 14 three pointers - which was the key in the win, along with their 14-20 showing from the free throw line.

The Silver Knights hit 20 field goals, with two 3-pointers and made 8-14 from the line. Tyler is now 15-9 on the season, while St. Marys improved to 15-8.

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Silver Knights Advance in Sectionals

Tyler Consolidated road the scoring and rebounding of senior center Tyler West on Tuesday, February 26, to get a hard fought 61-51 victory over Ritchie County in a semi-final Section One, Region Two basketball game on the Knights floor.

West Started the game out hitting a three pointer 20 seconds into the first quarter and had 11 of the Knights 15 first quarter points to give them a 15-8 lead. Ritchie County came out in the second frame and hit a quick three to cut the lead to four, but West hit another three to build the lead to 18-11 with less than a minute off the second quarter clock. Ritchie fought back and tied the game at 26 with three minutes remaining in the frame. The Silver Knights led 30-28 with the clock running down when West followed a missed shot with a tap in at the buzzer to give the Knights a four-point halftime lead 32-28.

The third quarter was a see-saw affair with the teams trading baskets most of the quarter.

The Knights were holding steady to a six-point lead, when Ritchie hit a basket to cut the lead to four 43-39 with 16 seconds left. However, West drilled another three as time ran out giving the Knights a seven-point advantage heading down the stretch.

Ritchie got the first two points of the fourth quarter on an easy inside basket, but Gage Huffman stepped up big with a three pointer for Tyler to give them a 49-41 lead. Mark Rucker got a steal and went in for a left handed lay-in to put the Knights up buy 10 with six minutes to play. Ritchie got an inside basket, but Huffman hit a short jumper 4:42 on the game clock to go back up 10. From there each team traded baskets to give the Silver Knights the 10-point win.

West led the way for the Knights with 27 points including five 3-pointers on seven attempts, five conventional baskets and 2-2 from the charity stripe, while also grabbing 17 rebounds, for game honors in both. Rucker with 11 and Huffman with 10 both hit double figures to back West, while Griffin Phillips added nine points and led the team in steals with six. The Knights were 7-10 from the free throw line and hit 52 percent from the field.

Ritchie County had three players hit in double figures led by Graden McKinney with 14. Adam Davis added 11, while Joey James hit for 10. The Rebels were 3-4 from the line and knocked down 22 field goals including four 3-pointers. The Silver Knights led in rebounds 42-36.

"We played with great effort throughout the evening, even when we weren't clicking on all cylinders offensively. Survive and advance is the key phrase during this time of year and that is exactly what we did tonight," Coach Steve Nutter said.

"Looking forward to the opportunity to lead these fine young men in a sectional game. They have worked extremely hard to get to this point and will leave it all on the line."The win sent the Silver Knights into the sectional championship game against St. Marys on Friday, March 1.

 
 
 

 

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