by Gary Andrews
With Tippecanoe Valley beating Manchester the Southwood boys’ basketball team needed a win at North Miami Friday to keep pace at having a shot at the TRC title. The Knights wasted no time flexing their muscle, jumping out to a 7-0 lead on their way to a 76-48 win.
Corey Phillipy would hit a three right off the bat that started a 7-0 run. A Zach Hobson free throw and a three from Jackson Blair made it 7-0 before an Evan Sumner three closed the gap to 7-3. Again the Knights would go on a 7-0 run, this time started by an Alex Harmon bucket. Corey Phillipy would then drain a deuce before Blair connected from behind the arch for the second time and Southwood led 14-3 after one.
The Knights would use a series of burst in the second. After Keith Rouch hit to make it 14-5, Blair would hit his third straight bomb, then a two as the Knight lead was 19-5. Dakota Ribble would stop the Blair run with a bucket, but Zach Hobson answered with a bucket, followed by two Corey Phillipy free throws and a Alex Harmon bucket made it 26-7. After a Kevin Huffman three point play made it 26-10, the Knights would go again. Jackson Blair converted a three-point play that was followed by a bucket from Ross Phillipy, forcing North Miami to call time out. Out of the time out, Corey Phillipy would drain a three while being fouled and convert a four-point play with a free throw as the Knights built their lead to 35-10. The Knights weren't done there. Noah Kirk and Zach Hobson would drain back to back three's as the lead grew to 41-10. At 41-12 Blair would find his fourth bucket from long range and Logan Paris scored off a steal as the Knights would use a 32-9 quarter to open a 46-12 halftime lead.
The Southwood momentum would stay at a high level in the third as the Knights would score 22 points with five different players scoring. The Warriors would also start to find the bucket at a better percentage, scoring 18 points of their own. The two teams traded blows the entire quarter with Corey Phillipy hitting Southwood's 9th three pointer of the game and Luke Elliott scoring the last two buckets as the Knights led 68-30 after three.
With the game well in hand the Knights called off the dogs in the fourth as North Miami kept firing away, out scoring Southwood 18-8 for the 76-48 final.
Leading the Knights was Jackson Blair with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 steals. Corey Phillipy added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assist, and 6 steals. Alex Harmon had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Ross Phillipy had 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists. Zach Hobson had 6 points, 1 rebound. Luke Elliott had 6 points, 1 rebound. Noah Kirk had 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assist, and 2 steals. Logan Paris had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Brett Wyatt had 2 points, 2 rebounds.
The junior varsity topped North Miami 56-36.
Clay Hinrichsen led the Knights with 25 points. Blake Martz and Christian Deeter added 7 points each. Brandin Frazier had 6 points, Andrew Finicle 4, Jacob Lloyd 4, Matt Cox 3.
The Southwood C team defeated North Miami 37-12.
Leading the Knights was Drew Hileman with 9 points. Will Roberts added 7, Paul Farlow 6, Luke Perlich 6, Jeffery Finicle 5, Ryan Everhart 2, Seth Zahulka 2.