The Southwood boys basketball team was playing just their third game of the year and were already short handed, playing without Shane Smith and Dalton Gentry. Being without two key players you have two choices. Feel sorry for yourself or gather the troops and circle the wagon.
The Knights circled the wagon, starting the game with a 20-0 run and out shined the Eastern Comets 71-63.
From the opening tip it was all Southwood. Sexton Boggs hit two three pointers and a two, along with a bucket from Grant Keaffaber to lead 10-0. Jackson Blair then hit back to back buckets to expand the lead to 14-0, forcing Eastern to take a time out with 3:42 on the clock. Coming out of the time out, Connor Hobbs hit a three from the parking lot followed by a Jackson Blair bomb to go up 20-0. Eastern finally ended the run with 2:14 to go and the first quarter ended 23-5.
Starting the second quarter, Eastern come out shooting, hitting three quick buckets, but Southwood answered with a Levi Winget three and a duece and Hobbs with two three pointers. Boggs would nail another three and the Knight lead was 19 with 2:35 to play. Joey Price kept the Comets in the game with 13 straight points. Winget and Hobbs led the quarter with 6 points each. Southwood led 39-26 at the half.
To start the third the Comets scored 5 quick points to cut the lead to 10 before Winget hit a bucket and a free throw and Hobbs nailed a three to put the Knights back up by 12. Eastern’s Joey Price kept pounding the ball inside and two long three pointers from Breden Gibson cut the Knight lead to 5 before Hobbs connected on a two and a free throw to increase the lead to 8 with a minute to go. Hobbs capped off the third with a long three at the buzzer to give the Knights a 54-43 lead. Hobbs had 12 points in the quarter, Winget had 3.
The Comets scored first in the final quarter and was answered with a layup from Winget. Hobbs would hit two free throws, followed by a Grant Keaffaber steal and a layup to put the Knights up 14 with 5:55 to play. The Comets increased the tempo and scored three straight trips to cut the lead to 9. Keaffaber would answer with a layup. Once again the Comets forced the tempo, scoring on several trips before Hobbs nailed a three to stop the run and Southwood led 65-59 with 1:31 to play. The free throw game startd the last minute and Ross Phillipy hit to seal the win71-63.
Leading the Knights was Connor Hobbs with 26 points. Levi Winget added 14, Sezton Boggs 15 and Jackson Blair 9.
Stories written by Jim Winget
The Southwood JV defeated Eastern 47-22.
Nick Krieg 10 pts. 4 assists, 4 steals 2 turnovers.
Nathan Hollars 7 points, 4 assists, 7 steals, 2 turnovers
Levi Sutton 6 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers
Zach Hobson 2 points, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 reb, 2 turnovers
Noah Kirk 1 assist, 3 reb, 1 blocked shot, 2 turnovers
Luke Elliott 3 points, 2 reb, 2 blocked shots
Danny Goff 11 points, 1 assist, 3 steals, 5 reb, 3 turnovers
Brett Wyatt 8 points, 5 reb, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 turnover