Kingsland boys fall in only game last week

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lucas Howard lofts a shot past the outstretched hands of a Randolph defender in Kingsland’s only game last week.
Chad Smith

The Kingsland Knights dropped the only game they played last week as Old Man Winter showed up to postpone a second game.

Kingsland lost a home Southeast Conference matchup to Randolph 66-55 on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Knights were scheduled to host Houston on Friday night, Jan. 17, but that was postponed due to a snowstorm, with no makeup date announced yet. Kingsland is 5-10 overall (2-6 SEC) and dropped three-straight games.

The Knights are doing a good job of generating shots within their offense, they just can’t get enough of them in the basket. The team attempted 52 shots but only 17 (32%) went in the basket. They scored more points from three-point range (7 of 28, 21 points) than from two-point land (10 of 24, 20 points).

The one place the team did shoot well was at the free-throw line, hitting 13 of 16 tries (81%). Reed Merkel hit all four of his attempts, while Walker Erdman made four of seven tries from the stripe.

Erdman was the top scorer with 12 points while tying for the team lead in assists (3), leading the team with three steals and grabbing five rebounds. Zach Hauser scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists. Brady Musel added nine points and five rebounds, while Luke Howard scored eight points. Merkel added eight points and a team-high eight boards.

Both halves were competitive, but the Knights were unable to overcome a six-point (35-29) halftime deficit. Scoring was down for both squads after the break, with the Rockets holding a five-point edge (31-26) on the way to the 11-point win.

The team grabbed a total of 28 rebounds, 12 on the offensive end.

On the defensive side, Kingsland finished with six steals and blocked two shots.

The Knights were scheduled to start this week with a conference home game against LeRoy-Ostrander, with Kingsland looking to split the regular-season series after losing on Dec. 10, 65-59. They head to Lanesboro on Friday, Jan. 24, for their first of two matchups against the Burros. Next week begins with a road trip to Chatfield on Monday, Jan. 27, and then a return home the next night for a non-conference game with Rushford-Peterson.