By: Joshua Martin
The South Knox Spartans Boys Basketball team was defeated by the Linton-Stockton Miners with the final score of 57 to 45 during the Championship round of Boys Class 2A Sectional game, at North Knox High School, in Bicknell, Ind.
The Miners scored the first four points of the game and seemed to unsettle the Spartans. They seemed to be rather flustered until their head coach, Mark Rohrer, received a technical foul and they righted their attitudes. The Spartans would close the gap and finished the first half down by one with the score of 28 to 27. In the third, The Spartans regained the lead quickly in the third but could never put any space on the scoreboard between themselves and the Miners. The Spartans would finish the third, again, down by one at 38 to 37. The heat was turned up in the fourth quarter as neither team was ready to give up. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Andrew Scott, who finished with eight points, fouled out early in the fourth on a fairly weak foul and Tucker Welton was called for an intentional foul. This string of events seemed to give the Miners the momentum to stretch the lead and leave it a three possession game with 1:20 left on the clock. With nerves returning the Spartans made small mistakes the turned into large buckets on the other end. The Miners outscored the Spartans nineteen to eight in the fourth quarter to give us the final of 57 to 45. Both teams played a very evenly matched game by each having thirteen turnovers, fourteen two-point field goals and three three-point field goals. The big difference were the trips to the line. The Miners had thirty-one attempts and made twenty and the Spartans only went to the line twelve times and made eight.
The leading scorers for the night include, Isiah Stafford with a huge seventeen points and went three for three from the line. Andrew Scott scored eight despite fouling out in the fourth. Tucker Welton scored seven and Austin Sievers came away with six.
The Spartans finish the season with a 17 and 6 record.