The Knightsâ€™ â€˜Aâ€™ squad got rolling early with some pressure defense and pitched a shutout in the first quarter of a 45-12 win over the Trojans.
The â€˜Bâ€™ team took the defensive pressure up a notch on their opposition by shutting out West Vigo in both the second and fourth quarters of a 41-5 win.
In the opening â€˜Aâ€™ game, North Clayâ€™s front court of Ethan Whitson and Jim Mace set the tone with all eight of the Knightsâ€™ points.
The duo hauled down six rebounds in the first quarter alone and Mace had six points to put North Clay ahead to stay.
Daniel Kimball checked in and dropped in two buckets in the second period and blocked two shots as well. Nate Newton scored a pair of baskets while running the offense from the point guard spot and grabbed two rebounds too. The post continued its success with two more hoops from Mace, who had 10 points in the first half and a team-high 12 in the game.
Leading 20-2 at the halfway mark, the Knights continued to pour on the pressure in the second half.
Substituting liberally, five different players scored for North Clay in the third quarter led by six points from Trevor Okulovich. Ian Heffner added four rebounds in the period with four points as the Knights extended their advantage to 35-7.
The Knights cruised to the 33 point win in by outscoring the Trojans 10-5 in the fourth quarter.
Whitson had six points and six boards while Kimball added six points and four rebounds in limited time. Heffner had six rebounds and Newton contributed six rebounds as well. Okulovich hauled in four rebounds in the fourth period alone and Nic Yocom had four rebounds with Kyle Moore adding two rebounds and a basket. Mark Underwood hit one of two free throws in the win.
In the â€˜Bâ€™ contest, the Knights got more strong play in the paint from Kimball who had six of his 10 rebounds in the first period to go with eight points. Bo Stewart added five rebounds in the first period with a basket and Colton Burgess added three rebounds.
The Knights cruised out to a 16-2 halftime lead on some tough defense from their backcourt.
Jason Sampson kept active in the passing lanes with two early steals with one leading to a hoop. He finished with four points and three rebounds. Kelly Hawkins added nine points for North Clay and Tyler Rector finished the game strong with five late points. Trevor Hetrick added three points and Austin Butts added six. Connor Ringo had a basket and Michael Fureigh added two points and four rebounds.
The Knights (1-0 overall) will travel to Chauncey Rose on Oct. 29.
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Sixth grade basketball
Next game: North Clayâ€™s sixth grade travels to Chauncey Rose on Monday for a 5 p.m. start.