Though the North Clay eighth grade basketball squad led Chauncey Rose at halftime, the Royals were able to take control in the second half with their defense and post a 33-27 win over the Knights on Wednesday evening.
Through one quarter, neither side's defense looked up to the task as each side capitalized on the fast break repeatedly on the way to a total of 26 first period points.
But in the second quarter, each side stepped up their pressure and the Knights came out with a 15-14 lead at the halfway mark.
North Clay actually threw the shutout in the second quarter, holding the Royals scoreless with stingy defense and strong rebounding led by Tyler Coltharp's six boards in the period.
Coltharp, coupled with Jered Timm's offense helped keep the Knights close in the second half as the Royals added 14 points in the third period to just four by the Knights.
Timm and Coltharp would score the only points of the fourth period as the Knights got no closer than six in the last stanza.
Timm would lead North Clay in points with 13 while Coltharp added 17 rebounds and six points to go with Albert Dean's four points and Trey Horn's three. Ryne Barr added a free throw in the loss.
The Knights will have a break until Nov. 24 when they travel to Honey Creek to face the Bees at 5 p.m.