The Southwood boys basketball team traveled to Northwestern Saturday to tangle with the host Tigers, who were touting an impressive 13-2 record and had won 7 in a row.The Knights lost to the Tigers 80-55.
The Southwood game has been up and down most of the season and Saturday was no different. The Knights had a good first quarter, then struggled for two before having a good fourth.
The Knights would hit the first two buckets of the game as the pace was fast and furious. Northwestern found their groove after the first couple minutes and the Knights held tough, trailing by four after one 18-14. Corey Phillipy led the Knights with 6 points.
The pace went from fast and furious to bombs away in the second quarter, as the Tigers found their range from behind the arch to build a 20 point lead as the Knights struggled to score. Jackson Blair and Connor Hobbs hit from behind the arch and Levi Winget hit a deuce as the Knights scored just 8 points and trailed 42-22 at the half.
Up 20, Northwestern started the third quarter with a full court press, forcing the Knights to turn over the ball and built the lead to 28 points. Southwood managed just 12 points, 5 each from Hobbs and Winget and trailed the Tigers 63-34 after three.
Continuing their woes, the Knights turned the ball over as the Tigers applied heavy pressure. Northwestern finally backed off the press when the lead hit 30. The Knights cut the lead to 22 at one point, out scoring the Tigers in the fourth 21-17, but the Tigers went on to the 25 point win 80-55.
Leading Southwood was Jackson Blair and Connor Hobbs with 13 points each. Hobbs had 8 rebounds. Blair had 5 rebounds and 3 assist. Levi Winget had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Robbie Cole had 7 points, Corey Phillipy 6 and Ross Phillipy 5.
The junior varsity lost to Northwestern 44-34. The Knights led 12-2 after one and 19-16 at the half before being out scored 28-15 in the second half.
Leading the Knights was Zach Hobson and Luke Elliott with 6 points each. Nick Krieg had 5 and Brett Wyatt 4. Krieg had 3 assist and Danny Goff had 8 rebounds.