PHILIPPI—The TCMS Knights Boys Basketball traveled to Barbour County to face off against the Philippi Middle School Bulldogs on April 9 in the last game of the season.
The Knights have had their share of ups and downs this season due to COVID rescheduling and fielding a young program but persevered and ended the season on a high note.
The JV Knights team took the floor first with authority.
The JV Knights began a fast pace-controlled game in which they took the lead early in the game and never looked back.
In a dominating performance the Knights secured their win bolstered on the back of the entire team.
The points for this game were spread out almost evenly by each boy on the team.
Dillon Andrews broke fast for the Knights with nine total points on the night, with every other member separated by one or two points, a bona-fide team effort.
When the final buzzer sounded the JV Knights had a solid victory with a final score of 57-49.
Head coach Steve Louzy had a lot to say about this season.
“This was the most well-rounded complete game we played all year. These young men finally put it all together, boxing out, taking care of the ball and making the extra pass. I couldn’t be more proud of the entire teams effort. In the locker room after the game, I was going on and on about how well we controlled the flow and it showed on the scoreboard at the end of the game. I think the kids finally understood and it all clicked. It is my hope that they remember and bring this mindset with them next year. I love all these boys and I can’t wait until next year,” he shared.
The Varsity Knights would not share the same fate as their JV counter parts, as they dropped a heartbreaker to the Bulldogs in the final seconds of the game.
Cam Foley came out on fire, as he quickly netted two three pointers to help give the Knights the early lead going in the second quarter with Knights up 12-11 going into the second.
In a fast-paced shootout, the Bulldogs rebounded to tie the score going into halftime at 17-17.
The third quarter would find the Knights on their heels, as the Bulldogs began to pull away led by shooting guard Tyler Sisson, who caught fire and couldn’t miss for the entirety of the third quarter.
The third quarter would end with the Bulldogs up by 3 with the score at 25-22.
The fourth quarter would see a tit for tat back and forth with each team matching shot for shot as the frenzied pace picked up as the score tightened.
The final horn sounded with the Knights dropping the game with a final score of 36-35.
Cam Foley led the team with 14 points on the night and eight rebounds, with McCray Blackwell helping to add in eight points of his own.
“Our boys kept the ball in their hands. We have preached about playing ball at the playground and I believe they are buying into it. They have been going and playing at Fetterman, which will only help their game,” head coach Mike Moats explained after the game.
“To sum up this season, I feel that these kids gave it their all each and every game. Win or lose. Our biggest struggles were being able to put the ball in the basket and ball security. Our motto this year was control. We need to learn that we can still play fast but with control. When we did that, we won games,” Moats added, as he reflected on this season.
The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to congratulate the TCMS Knights on a successful season.