By Quint Turner
Despite a slow start, the 4A Kamiak Knights snatched an out-of-conference 46-37 victory over 3A Meadowdale by cutting through the Maverick zone defense with great passing and finishing. The Knights’ Anthony Berg led all scorers with 17 points. Imaan Vicente provided secondary scoring and good inside defense to help Kamiak close out the game. The Mavericks kept the game very close throughout, but they were unable to sink their open 3-point shots. Torin Dooley led all MHS scorers with 9 points.
The Mavericks jumped out with an early lead in the first quarter. They penetrated the Knights D, and converted tough lay-ins. On the other side, the Knights started out shooting from the outside instead of employing the offense that they are really good at — driving the lane. Kamiak was down 14-6 early when the Mavs went on a 10-0 run. Right after Meadowdale took the lead, though, the Knights got a huge burst of energy to end the half and started out-hustling and out-rebounding the Mavericks. Kamiak managed to cut the lead to 14-12 just as the quarter ended.
In the second quarter, the Knights really took over the game, compounded by the Mavericks’ sudden inability to convert open looks. It started as a back-and-forth quarter with neither side really getting any offense going, but the Knights kept getting the big offensive rebounds and eventually scraped together a 10-0 run to put them up 22-16. Vicente had a huge block on one of Dooley’s drives that really put an exclamation mark on the Knights’ quarter. The Mavs, on the other hand, played more passively on offense. They wouldn’t drive to the rim for layups, and were content to sit back and shoot 3’s. That could have been fine, but the shots weren’t dropping. Instead, Meadowdale scored just four points in the quarter, leaving the Mavs down 26-18 at the break.
The third quarter was much more scoring than the second. Matt Hirsch started to quarterback the Mavs on offense, showing the strength of the guards. However, Berg started to take over in the third, always responding to Maverick baskets and then adding to the lead. Brian Feldhaus got Meadowdale to within one on a 3-pointer to make it 30-29 with three minutes left, but right after that Berg made it a three-point game with an easy basket.
The Mavs were unable to get the important defensive rebounds late to stop the bleeding, as the 6-5 Vicente would grab most of those and either pass to Berg, Ron Manchester, or JD Blacksmith to get inside buckets. The Knights led 37-33 after the third.
The Mavs once again were held to four points in the fourth quarter, as the Knights closed out the game. Meadowdale had a number of shot opportunities that seemed to bounce out, while the Knights were able to take full advantage of their chances. They went on an 8-0 run to start the quarter and never looked back.
The Mavericks play their next game at Monroe High School this Thursday, at 7:15 PM.
MHS Scorers: Charlie White 8, Spencer Linton 5, Hirsch 7, Feldhaus 8, Dooley 9
KHS Scorers: Berg 17, Vicente 9, Manchester 8, Blacksmith 12