Blue Knights Second Half Run Holds Off Indiana Elite

Blue Knights Second Half Run Holds Off Indiana Elite

OLNEY - The Blue Knights followed up the Rotary Classic Tuesday night as they took on Indiana Elite Prep. 

After only leading 43-39 at halftime Olney Central put together a 22-5 run to begin the second half which started with an elbow jumper by 5'10 sophomore point guard Jalen Moore.  After a Moore jump shot, 6'4 forward Nick Walker and 6'5 forward JJ Kalakon both came up with steals that lead to a fast break layup.  Moore followed suit with a steal & layup of his own to take a 51-39 advantage over Indiana Elite. 

Indiana Elite answered that 8-0 run with a layup by 6'1 forward Fred Baker.

The Blue Knights went on to score 14 unanswered points during a three minute stretch which consisted of five points by 6'3 freshman guard CE Talton including a three pointer, layup by 6'8 freshman forward Elijah Farr, & seven points including a three pointer by Moore put the score at 65-41.

Indiana Elite answered the Blue Knights with a 10-0 run of their own which included five points from Baker including a three pointer, a layup by 6'9 forward Karim Anoygo, and a three by 6'3 guard Aaron Robinson.

The answer to Indiana Elite's 10-0 run came on a post feed from Olney Central's 6'3 sophomore guard JT Wheeler to Farr to put the score at 67-51.

The next possession Blue Knight 6'1 freshman point guard Cayman Hayes connected on one of his three 3-pointers on an offensive rebound by Wheeler to take a 70-51 advantage.

6'6 freshman forward Jordan Tchuente's tip slam off of a missed layup came at the 8:38 minute mark to put the Blue Knights up 76-51.  The Blue Knights finished the game outscoring Indiana Elite 23-20.  

The Blue Knights saw everyone enter scorebook and were lead in scoring by Moore with 22, Kalakon 12, Cayman Hayes 11, 6'5 freshman Cobie Montgomery 10, 6'3 RS-Freshman guard DJ Haynes 8, Wheeler 8, Talton 7, Tchuente 6, Walker 5, Farr 4, 7'1 RS-Sophomore center Jason Cudd 2, 6'5 freshman forward Joseph Dalton 2, and 6'1 freshman guard Tucker Hayes 2.

The Blue Knights were led in rebounding by Dalton with 7, Moore-Tchuente-Walker followed with 5, Cudd-Kalakon-Talton 4, Farr & Wheeler 3, Haynes 2, and Montgomery 1.

Overall the Blue Knights shot 49 percent from the field (38-78) including 10-31 from deep for 32 percent.  They were almost perfect from the line connecting on 13-14 free throws for 93 percent.

Indiana Elite Prep shot 42 percent from the field (25-59) including 10-26 from deep for 39 percent.  They were 11-14 from the line for 79 percent.

The Blue Knights forced 18 turnovers compared to their 12.



Head Coach Mike Burris on the win - "I thought the bench was good tonight and really gave us a lift on both ends of the floor.  We challenged our guys at halftime about being better and they responded.  We were more connected in the second half.  We are looking forward to putting two really good days together before heading into the weekend with the OCC Classic."    

Next Game - Friday, November 8 at 7:00pm vs Clark State in the OCC Classic & Saturday, November 9 at 3:00pm vs Illinois Valley.