By Andrew Hunter
Knightly News Reporter
The Central Penn College Knights men’s basketball team came out firing on all cylinders Tuesday at East Pennsboro Area High School, winning in convincing fashion against conference foe Williamson Trade, 87-72.
The Knights started the game hot, jumping out to a convincing 16-0 lead that was produced by stellar defense and several key offensive rebounds. The Knights continued their offensive dominance with efficient shooting from behind the arc, shooting 45% in the first half and 47% for the game.
The Knights’ Quadere Allen was the clear standout, with 19 points and four rebounds in the first half. Because of Allen’s intense play and consistent scoring, he helped the Knights hold onto their lead going into the break, 44-31 to end the first half.
To start the second half, the Knights did not have the same intensity and energy as they did in the first, leading Williamson Trade to close the deficit to 10. But after a timeout from Knights coach Gary Martin, the high-energy play resumed for the Knights, with senior guard Nate Jean-Philippe hitting two clutch 3-pointers to extend the lead for Central Penn.
The Knights continued to dominate all aspects of the game, extending their lead to as large as 20. With 6:30 left in the game, the Knights kept defending well and continued to put the ball in the bucket, helping them close out this game with ease, cruising to their 15-point victory.
Allen and Jean-Philippe were named Knightly News Co-Players of the Game. Allen led the Knights, with 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Jean-Philippe added 24, including 6-8 from beyond the arc.
Robert Whiley led Williamson Trade with a career-high 31 points and 9 rebounds, while Corby Bennett contributed 14 points and 6 rebounds in a losing effort.
After a four-game losing streak, the Knights won this game in convincing fashion, with their 15-point margin of victory their largest of the season.
The Knights advance to 4-10 on the campaign, with another home contest coming up Sunday as part of a doubleheader against Penn State-York. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at East Pennsboro Area High School.
The Knightly News broadcast the game on its YouTube channel. Paul Miller and Dalton Koller were on the call, with Kevon Davis producing the contest. The link is below.
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Article edited by media-club co-advisers Professor Paul Miller and
Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.