Knights men's basketball pre-season test-run

By Daylin Davis, Student Reporter

The Knights men's basketball team took a challenging three-game road trip to Pikeville and Columbia, Kentucky. It was a rough start for the team, although it should be noted that they they were taking on NIAA Division I teams.  The Knights tipped off their season against the No. 14 ranked UPike Bears, but struggled to find rhythm throughout the game, shooting under 35 percent. UPike managed to sustain an 18-point lead after the Knights pushed a 12-4 run trickling the Bears lead down to 9. However, Upike was able to come out on top with a 71-53 win with Jayvian Delacruz leading the Bears in scoring with 21 points.

That following Saturday, the Knights were back in action against NIAA Div. I No. 3 ranked William Penn University. The Knights readjusted and took a different approach to the game. They battled hard defensively, causing WPU to have 20 turnovers. As a team, the Knights buckled down and managed to steal the ball 15 times from the Statesmen, although it wasn’t enough to stop WPU. The Statemen caught fire behind the arc, shooting around 40 percent. Corbin Medley led WPU with a team high of 22 points, shooting 6 of 9 from the field. Five of those made shots were from beyond the three-point line. The knights ended up on the short end with a 77-100 loss.

The last go round in Kentucky for the Knights didn’t go well either. They were up against another top contender team, the NIAA Div. I No. 21 ranked Lindsey Wilson. LWC defeated the Knights 76-47. The Blue Raiders shot an outstanding 52 percent from the three-point line. Kel Stotsof LWC made 6 of his 13 shots from behind the arc. He lead the Blue Raiders in scoring with 20 points. The Knights had the upper hand in the rebounding category, rebounding LWC with 15 to 8. John Blanc led the Knights with 9 rebounds.

Overall, the Knights accepted their losses as a learning experience.

“We need to not play for the scoreboard, but to play with heart and fight," says team captain Noah Baylor. "I look forward to a good season.”

The Knights are back on the road to face rival Penn State York on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.