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Knights stay perfect with tournament wins

Posted: November 25, 2015 - 12:06am
Evans High School's Joel Grant sizes up the hoop in the first period of the Knights win over Hephzibah on Saturday.                 Photo by Scott Rouch  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Evans High School's Joel Grant sizes up the hoop in the first period of the Knights win over Hephzibah on Saturday. Photo by Scott Rouch

Defenses may have to play Evans a bit differently than they did last year.

Saturday, in the second day of their Evans Tip Off Tournament, the Knights banged home seven 3-pointers while holding off Hephzibah, 64-56.

The win ran the Knights’ record to 3-0 after they defeated Salem 74-63 on Friday night.

Chris Stone sank five treys while scoring a game-high 17 points. His 3-pointer with 3:17 left in the game, with an assist from Michael Steflik, gave the Knights a 52-47 cushion after they saw their 10-point lead dwindle.

“Drive and kick is what we really like to do,” Stone said. “They don’t help on me and Michael can just go to the basket, and (when) they slide over he can kick it.”

The Rebels (1-2) had tied the game at 44 before Austin Shead sank a 3-pointer to give the Knights the lead once more. The lead was 55-52 with just under a minute to play when Serron Spann hit the team’s last 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 58-52.

After converting just seven of 19 free-throw-attempts in the first half, the Knights sank six of six in the final minute to ice it.

“Overall, I think it was an ugly game, as far as we just weren’t in synch, I think in a lot of things,” said Knights’ coach Kevin Kenney. “But down the stretch, the key to it was we made some defensive stops and big shots and free throws down the stretch.”

Augusta Christian transfer Joel Grant was a force for the Knights in the first half scoring 12 points but was saddled with foul trouble in the second and finished with 16 points.

Kenney pointed out one of the strengths of his team this year, noting Grant’s foul trouble and the absence of a starter and two key reserves on Saturday.

“That’s the thing, we’re deep, we can miss some people,” said Kenney, who liked the effort he got from his rotation.

Steflik and Spann joined the double-figure parade scoring 10 apiece.

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