Times Sports Editor
College basketball season is fully underway as Thanksgiving nears and several local high school graduates have hit the hardwood for their respective programs. A number of other athletes are still on the shelf due to injury.
The Olney Central Blue Knights have the hit the ground running during the early stages of the season and played their fourth game in a six-day span on Monday evening. The hectic schedule caught up to the team as they were pounded at Moberly Area College, 89-55. The Greyhounds went up 50-19 at halftime as Olney Central was sluggish after the five hour trip to the Missouri school. Of course Moberly had plenty to do with it as well, hitting 35-of-62 shots (56 percent) and featuring 6'7 Karron Johnson, a freshman out of Richmond, VA.
Johnson had 19 points for the Greyhounds and Olney Central coach Mike Burris was obviously impressed.
"He's a future NBA first-round player," Burris told the Olney Daily Mail. "He's tough to defend."
Former Northview Knight, Austin Akers, played 26 minutes in the game and scored eight points with two rebounds and a steal versus the Greyhounds. The loss dropped the Blue Knights to 3-3 overall. Moberly advanced to 5-1 on the season.
Olney Central was coming off its most impressive win of the year, a 61-58 victory over 23rd-ranked Allegany College of Maryland. The Blue Knights rallied from as many as 19 points down in the second half. Akers had 10 points in the win, including a pair of 3-pointers with two rebounds, three assists and a steal.
The win completed a 2-0 tournament record for the Blue Knights at the Kiwanis Invitational as they blew away Ernst Prep of South Carolina 108-83 on Saturday.
Former Clay City Eel, Will Kennedy hasn't seen action the last several games for the Blue Knights.
Next up for the Blue Knights is a home game against Indiana Tech of Fort Wayne on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
The Danville Community College Jaguars have former Knight, Kirstin Kimball on the roster and she's played valuable minutes for the squad thus far despite being hampered by illness.
The Jaguars got off to a tough start with losses to Lincoln Trail College, Kirkwood and Kishwaukee before bouncing back to win the last two games over Ancilla and Kalamazoo.
Against Kalamazoo, Kimball played 11 minutes and had four rebound in a 73-66 victory. In the victory over Ancilla, Kimball saw 14 minutes of action and had two points, two rebounds and an assist for the Jaguars in the 83-58 victory. In a 91-45 loss to Kishwaukee, Kimball saw 22 minutes on the court and had three rebounds with a steal, which followed a four-point, two rebound effort against Kirkwood in a lopsided 103-43 loss.
This season, Kimball has hit five-of-14 fieldgoals and has averaged 2.20 ppg. and three rebounds per contest.
Danville competes in tournament play beginning on Friday night at John A. Logan against Triton at 6 p.m. On Saturday the Jaguars will follow up with a 3 p.m. game against the host squad.
At Lincoln Christian University, Northview graduate, 6'5 forward Josiah Brock begins his junior season with the Red Lions. The team opened the season with an 82-72 loss to Blackburn in which Brock did not play.
Brock averaged six points per game last year to go with four rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 48 percent from the field.
The team heads to Manhattan, KS this weekend as Lincoln Christian faces the host team, Manhattan Christian College on Friday before taking on Ozark Christian on Saturday.
At Marian College, Heath Chamberlain is a senior this season for the Knights, but hasn't played in the first four games in which the squad has gone 2-2 overall following a win over Wabash College.
Last season the 6'7 Chamberlain averaged 7.8 ppg. and 3.3 rpg. in just 16 minutes per contest over a season shortened by injury to just 14 games with 10 starts.
The team hosts the 12th Annual Ken Elmendorf Memorial Tournament with Trinity Christian College at 6 p.m. on Friday.
The IUPUI Jaguars have struggled to open the season with a young team that doesn't have the services of Pre-season First Team All-Summitt League selection, Julie Whitted, a 6'5 Northview High School graduate. Whitted is in her senior season with the Jaguars and is the team's leading returning scorer at 13.8 ppg. and 8.4 rpg. She shot 49 percent from the field and she had 82 blocks last season.
Whitted reportedly has missed time with a foot injury as the Jaguars look to return to the win column against Northern Illinois in the home opener for IUPUI tonight at 7 p.m.