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Knights facing key road tilt

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Questions surrounded the Northview Knights this season. How good will they be after graduating four starters? How will they react to a new coach? Can they live up to the expectations of last season's 21-3 squad. Well with each passing game, the answers seem to be even more resoundingly positive.

The Knights are off to a 4-0 start this year and behind coach Mitch Lancaster are a team to be reckoned with each week.

Northview has answered questions about who would score for this team after they lost almost 40 points a game through graduation.

Logan Whitman has gotten on track after a slow start, posting games of 30 and 22 points most recently and has become deadly from outside, knocking down 10 3-pointers in the last two contests. But Zach Keyes has been the most potent and consistent danger for opposing teams.

Keyes is averaging 20.5 points a game and hasn't scored fewer than 18 in any of the Knights' four games. He's also averaging over five rebounds a game and a couple of blocks per contest. But what makes the Knights dangerous this year is that they have two more options in Josh Timm and Travis Hughes.

Hughes is averaging 12.25 per game while Timm is another double-digit scorer at 11.75 a game.

That sort of scoring ability, coupled with Amos Wegner running the show at the point give the Knights the ability to play a controlled style at a frenetic pace. The team's athletic quickness also allows them to trap at will and leads to easy hoops.

This week's Friday opponent is Avon, a team that the Knights downed 79-67 last year behind three double-digit scorers. Whitman's 27, including four 3-pointers, led the team.

The Orioles graduated all five starters from last season's team, but that does not mean that there has been a talent dropoff. Much like the Knights they have reloaded from their junior varsity ranks. Avon won last year's JV game 56-46 despite Josh Timm's 19 points.

The 4-1 Orioles always seem to have substantial talent and they will likely be hungry after falling to Lebanon on the road last Saturday. If you look at common opponents, the Orioles romped on Danville in the season opener on the Warriors' home turf, 67-44. The Knights just took down Danville, also on the road, but by an 80-72 score.

Another factor to consider is that the Knights will have another back-to-back set of games this week with a home tilt versus conference foe Edgewood on Saturday.

The Mustangs are not a team to overlook.

Edgewood returns four starters from a team that remembers getting blasted at home 82-59 last year by the Knights. Whitman rang up 33 points in that game followed by Zach Keyes 11.

This year's Mustang squad is 3-2 with losses to Class A No. 5 Bloomfield and Class 4A No. 4 Bloomington North. So they are attuned to a high level of competition and will be loaded for bear when they arrive for a WIC Boy/Girl Doubleheader at 6:30 p.m.



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