NORTH ROBINSON — In a much-anticipated contest, the Colonel Crawford Eagles boys basketball team played host to the Northmor Golden Knights on Tuesday evening at Mac Morrison Gymnasium.
The gym was packed and incredibly warm and the spectators were treated to a very competitive matchup. When time expired to end the game, the Northmor Golden Knights came away with the 12-point victory, 59-47.
Northmor improves to 7-2 on the year, as Colonel Crawford drops to 7-3.
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The Knights got out to the early 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a three-point jumper by Zach Parrott. From that moment, Northmor would never look back and lead the entire contest. After the first quarter of play, the score was 15-12 in favor of the Knights. Northmor kept the momentum going into the second period and went on to outscore the home team, 14-6 to take the 29-18 lead at the intermission. Colonel Crawford was able to slightly close the gap out of halftime but still found themselves down by eight heading into the fourth quarter, 39-31. The Golden Knights kept their foot on the gas and took the fourth quarter, 20-16 en route to the 12-point win.
Colonel Crawford’s scrappy freshman Cameron McCreary would lead all scorers on the evening with 21 points on 9/18 shooting, including 3/8 from the perimeter. Brody Martin chipped in nine points in the loss. Northmor did a solid job of shutting down Crawford big man Heath Starkey. Starkey managed just four points on 1/5 shooting and 2/2 from the free-throw line. Starkey was able to grab 10 rebounds and recorded a steal and a block.
The Eagles shot 39% for the contest (19/48), including 4/16 (25%) from three-point range. Crawford got to the charity stripe just nine times and converted just five of those attempts. The undersized Eagles grabbed 24 rebounds as a team against the tremendous length of the Knights. They also recorded just three assists, had six steals and two blocks while committing just nine turnovers.
Northmor would have three players finish in double figures against the Eagles. Brock Pletcher finished the contest with 19 points while recording four steals, three assists and a rebound. Tyler Kegley had a double-doube with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists and a block. Meechie Johnson chipped in 11 points and four rebounds in the win.
The Golden Knights also committed just nine turnovers for the contest. Northmor recorded 32 total rebounds, had nine assists, seven steals and three blocks. The Northmor squad shot 21/43 (48%) overall on the night including 3/11 (27%) from the perimeter. As a team, Northmor was 14/19 (73%) from the free-throw line.
Crawford will be back in Northern-10 Athletic Conference play on Saturday Jan. 7 when they travel to New Washington to meet up with the Buckeye Central Bucks. Northmor has two Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division matchups in the next few days. On Thursday Jan. 5, the Knights will play host to the Elgin Comets and on Saturday Jan. 7 they will travel to Fredericktown to clash with the Freddies.