Knights force pace on Bulldogs to win opener,44-38

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Boys Basketball team hosted the Bruceton Bulldogs of Preston County for their 2021 season opener on Friday. 

The Knights were more than ready to get their season underway after a month of preparations with intense practices and grueling scrimmages.

The season opener would begin with the cloud of COVID once again this year, as the team would not have a full roster due to the quarantines taking place within the county. 

However, the Knights would not let that dampen their will to win, as they took to the court in fury.

The Knights were charged up and ready to play, as they quickly descended into the run and gun offense that this team’s talent allows them to have. 

Owen Nestor would strike first and often for the Knights tallying half of the team’s first quarter points, while the other half of the Knights’ first quarter points came from the hands of Kaden Keener. 

Although the Bulldogs outscored the Knights 10-8 in the opening quarter, Taylor County couldn’t be shut down, and would reverse the role for the rest of the action, coming out on top of the remaining quarters. 

The Bulldogs gave valiant efforts in their attempt to keep the pace with the quick Knights, and nailed three, three pointers from Kash Jenkins in the second quarter. 

This, however, wouldn’t be enough to outdo the Knights as they topped the second quarter scoring 15-14 with field goals from Keener, Brayden White, Nestor, Tyler Clemm and Chad Vandevender. 

A big defensive stop by the Knights in the third all but sealed the game, as TCMS refused to give Bruceton open looks in the paint and only allowed them to add five points, while the Knights racked up 14.

Overall, Nestor led the team in scoring with 11 points and equally impressive performance on defense. Keener would also go on to help the Knights in the scoring column recording10 points of his own.

And the Knights would easily defeat the Bulldogs with a final score of 44 to 38. 

 “These boys really pushed the pace and were aggressive. They made adjustments on defense and played good old fashioned hard-nosed defense that wins ball games. We still need to work on our control of the ball and making sure we make smart and good passes going forward,” shared Head Coach Mike Moats. “I am extremely proud of the way these boys played and as long as they keep getting better with each practice and each game, I will be happy.”

Player scoring stats: K. Keener: FG- 5, TP-10; G. Ramezan: FG-2, FT-1/1, TP-5; D. Casteel-Tarmin: FG-1, TP:2; B. White: FG-4, FT-1/1,TP-9; O. Nestor: FG-4, 3PT-1, TP-11; T. Clemm: FG-1, TP-2; C. Vandevender: FG-2, FT-1/3,TP-5

Team Free Throws: 3/5


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