GALION — Can anyone stop the Northmor Golden Knights boys basketball team?
After their convincing win against Colonel Crawford on Tuesday, the Knights were at home on Thursday night to play host to Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division foe, the Elgin Comets. Elgin proved to be no match for the mighty Knights, as they took care of the Comets, 54-30.
With the victory, Northmor stands at 8-2 overall for the season and an undefeated 4-0 in MOAC Blue play. Elgin drops to 2-6 overall and 1-3 with the loss.
The first quarter of play would prove to dictate the outcome of the game. Northmor stormed out to a big lead after one quarter of play, 20-2. Trying to dig their way out of a big hole, Elgin put up 12 points in the second quarter by the Knights would add 17 more points to take a hefty lead into halftime, 37-14. The Comets came out flat in the third, scoring just six points as Northmor added an additional 11 to take a 48-20 lead into the final period of play. Elgin would outscore Northmor in the fourth, 10-6 but would land well short of the deficit they found themselves in.
Elgin did not have a scorer with more than seven points on the contest. Northmor would have four players finish in double figures.
Meechie Johnson lead the way for head coach Zach Ruth’s Knights, scoring 16 points against the Comets. Meechie would put up a well-rounded stat line, adding four assists, three rebounds and three steals to his point total. Tyler Kegley scored 12 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and a block. Brock Pletcher also contributed 12 points in the win and had two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Alijah Keen chipped in 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Zach Parrott would be the leading rebounder on the night, grabbing six of the 29 boards recorded by the team.
The team shot well from the field but continued to struggle from the free-throw line. Northmor converted on 24/45 (53%) of their field goal attempts, including 5/11 (45%) from the perimeter. The Knights shot just 1/9 from the charity stripe. In addition to the 29 rebounds, Northmor recorded 13 assists, nine steals and four blocks as a team while committing just seven turnovers.
Next up for the Golden Knights will be the Fredericktown Freddies. Northmor will travel to Fredericktown on Saturday Jan. 7 to meet up with the 3-6 Freddies in MOAC Blue battle.
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