MARION — The Northmor Golden Knights boys basketball team has responded nicely since their season opening lost at Lexington by beating Bucyrus last Saturday and now defeating the Marion Pleasant Spartans by a score of 56-43. With that victory, Northmor is now 2-1 on the season and Pleasant sits at 1-2.
It seems that every game a different player steps up for head coach Zach Ruth’s Northmor squad. Demetrius Johnson was the apparent star for the Knights against the Spartans. Johnson was 6/7 from the field and 10/11 on his free throws en route to 22 points for the game. Johnson also contributed two rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 16 minutes of action. Brock Pletcher was also busy for Northmor, going 6/8 from the field including 4/6 from downtown. Pletcher was also 3/4 from the line, added four rebounds and an assist to go along with his 19 points. Tyler Kegley had double-digit rebounds with 10.
As a team, Northmor outshot Pleasant in every aspect of the game. The Knights were 19/39 shooting overall, including 4/12 from three point range. Pleasant was 17/55 shooting and an abismal 2/22 from behind the arc. From the free throw line, Northmor converted on 14/17 and Pleasant was 7/15.
It was a tale of two halves between the Knights and the Spartans. The Spartans actually took a slim lead into halftime, 22-21. Northmor regrouped at the intermission and came out re-energized. The Knights went on to outscore the Spartans in the second half, 35-21 to seal their second victory on the year.
Northmor’s season will continue on Saturday Dec.10 when they open Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division play, on the road against the Cardington Pirates.
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