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By Blake Myers and Andrew Hunter
Knightly News Reporters
Knights basketball came to play in a doubleheader against the College of Southern Maryland held Monday at East Pennsboro Area High School, with the women’s team cruising to victory and the men’s team putting up an amazing fight in a closely contested contest.
The Lady Knights opened the home slate with a 61-53 victory, led by a masterful game from senior point guard Tahniyaah Jackson.
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks found themselves in early foul trouble attempting to slow down the Knights’ offense. The Knights went into the end of the first quarter with a 15-14 lead.
The Lady Knights would then fall behind after a 9-2 Southern Maryland run to start the second quarter, but they would respond with a 12-3 run of their own giving them a 29-24 lead going into the half.
In the third quarter, the Knights pulled away, outscoring the Hawks 16-12 and building on a healthy lead. Jackson had 3 steals in the quarter to help keep the Hawks offense in check.
Despite a late push from the Hawks, the Knights would hang on to the lead to win 61-53.
The Knights improved to 3-2 in the young season, while the Hawks fell to 0-2.
Jackson was the Knightly News Player of the Game, with stats that included 20 rebounds.
The Knightly News Media Club livestreamed the contest which can be found below. Paul Miller and Dalton Koller were on the call.
The Central Penn Knights men’s basketball team fell to the College of Southern Maryland Hawks 86-73 in a game that was much closer than the score indicated.
To start the game, the Knights had the tough task of playing a very athletic and intense team. But the story of this game was the Central Penn College defense. As a unit, they were diving for loose balls, made several key blocks, took charges and made many physical rebounds.
At the start, Central Penn could not get shots to fall but still matched the Hawks’ intensity on the defensive end. Throughout the first half, the Knights and the Hawks continued to trade baskets and each team played stellar defense.
Going into the half the Hawks led the Knights 34-33.
As the Hawks started to go on a run, Quadere Allen came through in the middle of the second half. Allen illustrated his leadership ability, dominating the second half on all facets of the ball.
In the final minutes, on five consecutive possessions, the Hawks started to pull away, making two consecutive threes and then several other momentum-shifting buckets. With under three minutes left, the Knights had several costly turnovers, which ultimately swung the game in the Hawks’ favor.
The Knights were led by Knightly News Player of the Game Quadere Allen, with 28 points, and the Hawks were led by Magic Hewlett, with 21.
The Knights fell to 1-5 and the Hawks improved to 3-1.
The Knightly News Media Club livestreamed the contest, which can be found below. Paul Miller and Kevon Davis were on the call.