Knight boys putting it together at right time

Kirt Manion
Nebraska City News-Press

The Knight boys’ basketball team broke an 8-8 tie with an 18-2 run and went on to claim a 42-30 win over the Falls City Tigers at the McCabe Activities Center on the campus of Lourdes Central Catholic on Thursday night.

Coach Trevor Krenk said the Knights increased their defensive intensity and that sparked the rally that put the Knights in control.

Falls City deserves credit for hanging tough, even after that big run.

The Tigers closed the scoring gap to 26-17 in the third quarter, but the Knights wouldn’t allow the lead to shrink further. A Max Baumert three-pointer had the score at 31-22 and an 8-2 run increased the lead into the fourth frame on the way to victory.

Coach Krenk said the solid outing for the Knight team on Thursday represented continued progress from the team’s 48-29 Tuesday win over Johnson-Brock.

“We really put it all together in this game,” Krenk said of the Falls City contest. “We are figuring it out. It’s at the right time. We’ve got a tough schedule.”

Lourdes has clashes upcoming at unbeaten Auburn on Tuesday, Jan 12, and at home against Lincoln Lutheran on Jan. 15. After a Jan. 16 road date at Sidney, the Knights will host Class B Bennington on Jan. 19.

Success in the upcoming games will rely on the team putting together a complete game.

One of the Knights’ players, Blake Miller, is dentilely a first concern for any opponent. He has dunks in every game this season, including a dunk on his first scoring chance on Thursday.

Coach Krenk said Miller is a tough scout for any team and a talented and coachable player.

He’s even more dangerous when all the other Knights bring their skills as they did on Thursday.

“We had a full range of players scoring,” said Coach Krenk. “It just opens up a lot more things when everybody plays well.”

Scoring for the Knights in the Thursday game were Miller, 15; Beau Lee, seven; Drew Walton, seven; Joe Kearney, five; Zach Tesarek, four; Baumert, three; and Will Funke, one.