What a difference a night can make. After falling to the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets Friday, Feb. 8 76-39 in Eddyville, the Panthers bounced back.
It wasn’t quite enough to gain a victory, but Knoxville played well in falling to the Grinnell Tigers Saturday at home 68-63.
Knoxville was up 9-3 at the end of the first quarter before the Tigers went on a 23-12 run to end the half on top 26-21.
Grinnell benefitted from the return of Jake Hull to the lineup. Hull one of the team leaders missed the previous game with an ankle injury.
He returned against Knoxville and scored 23 points, which included 5-of-8 from three-point range.
Also hitting double digits for Grinnell were Cole McGriff with 13 and AJ Wilkins with 12 points.
Everybody it seems has a height advantage over the Panthers and that was the case with the Tigers. Grinnell won the battle of the boards 34 o 18.
Knoxville’s offensive leader was Kieren Nichols with 27 points and Elliott Schmidt with 14 points, four assists and four steals.
Next came Ben Olson with nine points and five boards, RJ Roberts with seven points and Tyler Vaske six.
Knoxville struggled offensively and the reverse was true for the Rockets, who topped the Panthers 76-39 in league play Friday in Eddyville.
The Rockets put four players in double digits led by Trey Moore with 15 and Wyatt Klyn with 14.
Knoxville collected 18 points from Nichols, six by Roberts, five from Mike Hudson and four by Schmidt.
Odds and Ends
EBF won the South Central Conference title. They moved to 12-0 in league play with the victory and 14-3 overall with the win.
Following the two games, Knoxville stands at 8-10 for the year and they finished 7-4 in league play to finish second.