The West Central Area Knights traveled to Parkers Prairie on Friday night and ran into a tough well-balanced team on their Senior Night falling 52-70.
“We got beat by a good team.  We hit a dry spell midway through the first half where we didn’t score for several minutes.  We cut back into their lead with a few minutes to go in the half until reserve Eli Simonson hit three big threes, including one that banked in, to end the half to put us down 35-22 at the half”, Knights head coach Kraig Hunter said.
“We came out and played much better in the second half starting on a 7-2 run to get right back in the game at 29-37,” Hunter said. ” After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, we only turned it over four times in the second half.  We had some guys get to the hole and hit some shots in the second half but could never cut into the lead as they always had an answer.  We had to start gambling in the last few minutes giving up some easy baskets making the final margin 52-70.  They have a well-balanced team with big guys, shooters, and an excellent point guard.”
Leaders for the Knights were Jack VanKempen with 18 points and six rebounds; Gage Staples played a solid well-rounded game with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists.  Grant Beuckens added 11 points, four steals, and three assists; Teigen Moritz had  four points, eight rebounds and four steals; Jacob Bright had four points and three assists; Blake Koloski added two points; Gavin Paulson contributed three rebounds, a steal, and 1 assist and Tate Christenson had two steals and a rebound.
Point Guard Alex Koep paced the Panthers with 23 points while brother Noah Koep had 13 points, while Travis Yohnke scored 10.
The Knights finish the regular season 14-9 while the Panthers move to 21-4.


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