Knights' defense suffocates Cougars

Knights' defense suffocates Cougars

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Knights' defense suffocates Cougars

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.

Kenwood wasted little time making sure the 2012-13 basketball season got off on a serious note as the Knights donned its new black-on-black uniforms.

The Knights ramped up the defensive pressure, creating a total of 11 turnovers from Clarksville Academy, including seven steals, en route to a 24-13 two-quarter victory in Thursday’s CMCSS Basketball Jamboree at the Dunn Center.

“That’s the kind of style we want to play,” Kenwood coach John Stigall said. “We want to get after teams defensively and apply that kind of pressure.”

But Stigall didn’t feel his team looked sharp. He continuously substituted at least four players per rotation leaving the game “disjointed” as he described.

“It was really kind of choppy,” Stigall said. “But that’s because of the sub pattern and just the early-season style that kids are in at this point.”

Yet Kenwood’s Maleek Hall and Trent McLaurin looked in midseason form. Hall had four of Kenwood’s seven steals and finished with seven points, while McLaurin finished with four highlight-reel dunks and eight points.

“We all know Trent can dunk the ball,” Stigall joked. “But Maleek, as good as he played defensively, still had to come out because he was winded. He’s still trying to get in basketball shape after playing football up until last Friday.”

Kenwood’s defense hounded Clarksville Academy’s backcourt for much of the two quarters until Stigall left his subs in for the final three minutes of the game. The Cougars were led by Thomas Jackson’s five points.

Rossview 31, Clarksville High 28: The matchup between the Wildcats and Hawks may have been the one boys game Thursday night that looked more like a regular season game with tempo and consistent scoring.

But it was the Hawks, who drained five 3-pointers, that nipped CHS in two quarters.

Axel Magnuson hit back-to-back 3s late in the first quarter that gave Rossview a 19-12 advantage, but Clarksville scored the quarter’s final four points, including a 3-pointer from John Jones that cut Rossview’s lead to 19-17.

The game was tied at 23 with 4:53 left in the second quarter before Drake Young’s basket broke the stalemate. Rossview quickly countered with a 3 from Anfernee Lisenbee to reclaim the lead.

Tevin Majors gave Clarksville a short-lived 28-27 advantage with a foul shot, but Rossview would finish with the game’s final four points, including a pair of free throws from Brandon Miller to ice it.

Young finished with five points for CHS while Magnuson had nine, all from behind the arc.

Northeast 27, West Creek 16: The Eagles’ Darius Brown showed why he may be one of the district’s top interior players, scoring eight points and grabbing four boards in two quarters.

Northeast used a 9-0 run late in the first quarter to pull away from West Creek. Brown scored a pair of baskets during the spurt. The Eagles also used a 7-0 run to start the final quarter as West Creek had trouble in transition defense.

West Creek’s Jachin Almon finished with 11 of West Creek’s 16 points.

Northwest 38, Montgomery Central 13: The Vikings played well together with Terrell Chambers and Tramar Moore leading the way in the quick game.

Moore was the leading scorer with 19 points. He also had a memorable dunk towards the end of the last quarter that fired up the crowd. Moore’s speed and strength will no doubt help the Vikings this season.

Terrell Chambers also picked up some credit with seven points and made some good plays up and down the court.

The Indians were led by D.J. Burney with seven points and Brandon Hamilton with three. Burney and Hamilton had a hard time with the Vikings’ speed, as did the rest of the team.

“We played alright, we’re still ironing out some kinks,” Vikings coach Vincent Turner said. “Discipline is going to be key and we’re small, so we’re going to have to push the ball and be disciplined in what that we run. We’re getting there though, we’re working hard.”

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