The West Central Area Knights hit 27-42 shots for 64% and drained 13-20 threes for 65% in an 81-40 rout of the Ortonville Trojans on Thursday night. The Knights also made 14-18 free throws for 78%.
Knights Coach Kraig Hunter said, "We had a little team meeting and film session today on the quality of our screens and our post-up efforts. When you cut and screen well and post up big to draw double teams, your shot quality is much better and as a result it led to high percentage shots and open looks from three. Our ball movement and team passing was at a high level. It was good 'team' basketball".
Hunter added, "We were able to play all twelve of our players for good minutes and even though they didn't all score, they all made positive contributions when they were in there."
Jack VanKempen had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 2 assists and 2 steals. Brady Reeve with 16 points and Gage Staples with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals were also in double figures.
Many Knights had good all-around floor games. Grant Beuckens had 9 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and grabbed a couple of rebounds and Tate Christenson also had 9 points, along with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and a couple of steals. Jacob Bright added 7 points, 3 assists and 2 steals and Ryder Staples 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Jacob Strunk rounded out the scoring with 5 points. Xander Bontjes had 4 rebounds, a steal and an assist, Cole Anderson had a rebound and an assist, Isaac Kreft had two rebounds and Nathaniel Junker had 1 rebound and 1 steal.
The Knights defense was stellar as usual holding the Trojans to 13-39 from the field for 33%. They made 8-21 threes and 6-11 free throws. The Knights outrebounded Ortonville 28-18.
Scoring for the Trojans were Micah Heinrich with 9, Pete Treinen with 8, Zach Kuchenmeister with 6, Jacob Rademacher with 4, Keagan Hamman with 3, Owen Longnecker with 3, Jesse Anderson 3, and Nathaniel Miska 2.
The Knights move to 19-2 on the season and have a quick turnaround with a Friday night game vs. one of the Section 3 favorites in Lac Qui Parle Valley.