Blue Lions edge Falcons, 64-63


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



Washington senior Max Knisley (with ball) was the game’s leading scorer with 34 points in an SCOL game at Clinton-Massie Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Also pictured for the Blue Lions is Brian Wilson (25).

Washington senior Max Knisley (with ball) was the game’s leading scorer with 34 points in an SCOL game at Clinton-Massie Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Also pictured for the Blue Lions is Brian Wilson (25).


ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Max Knisley poured in 34 points and Cameron Eckles made a free throw in the final seconds of the game Friday night to lift Washington to a 64-63 win over Clinton-Massie in South Central Ohio League boys basketball action.

Knisley was hot early, scoring 10 in the first period and 10 in the second period. He slowed a bit in the third period with just one 3-point basket.

In the fourth quarter, though, Knisley found the mark again, nailing a trio of 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in the quarter as the Blue Lions rallied for the win.

“He just made shot after shot,” said CM coach Dustin Eads. “He’s such a tough basketball player.”

But Eckles wore the laurel as hero. The 6-3 senior had 13 points for Washington but made 1 of 2 at the line with 4 seconds to play to break a 63-63 tie and give the visiting Blue Lions the lead, Eads said.

The Falcons then turned the ball over on the ensuing inbound play to seal the win for Washington.

Clinton-Massie falls to 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the SCOL.

Washington is now 7-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. The Blue Lions remain a game behind league front-runner Wilmington, 101-32 victors over Hillsboro Friday night.

“We had a chance and then watched it slip through our hands,” Eads lamented in his post-game comments. “It was a really hard-fought game. We’d get a little bit of a lead, then they’d fight back and get a lead. It was players from both teams making plays when they had to.

“It was a good high school basketball game, just unfortunately we didn’t get the last bucket.”

Noah Greathouse led the Falcons with 21 points, including 8 in the second quarter. Bailey LeForge added 12, 10 in the first half. Thomas Myers had 10 for the Falcons.

The teams combined for 16 3-pointers, 8 by both teams. Individually, Knisley drained 7 and Greathouse swished through 5.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

W 17 16 14 17 — 64

C-M 15 19 14 15 — 63

(64) WASHINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Knisley 12-7-3-34 Proby 1-0-3-5 Taylor 1-0-1-3 Shaw 0-0-0-0 Eckles 6-0-1-13 Patton 1-1-4-7 K. Upthegrove 1-0-0-2 Wilson 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 22-8-12-65

(63) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Chowning 3-0-0-6 Greathouse 7-5-2-21 Uetrecht 2-1-3-8 C. Demler 0-0-0-0 Weiss 2-0-0-4 LeForge 3-2-4-12 Myers 5-0-0-10 Wolfe 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 23-8-9-63

Washington senior Max Knisley (with ball) was the game’s leading scorer with 34 points in an SCOL game at Clinton-Massie Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Also pictured for the Blue Lions is Brian Wilson (25).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2015/12/web1_MaxKnisleyatClintonMassie12182015.jpgWashington senior Max Knisley (with ball) was the game’s leading scorer with 34 points in an SCOL game at Clinton-Massie Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Also pictured for the Blue Lions is Brian Wilson (25).

By Mark Huber

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