Airport and White Knoll played a competitive game, but the Falcons couldn’t overcome the Timberwolves’ aggressive offense as White Knoll held on, 55-47.
“We competed a lot better this week, and we played with more purpose,” White Knoll coach Jason Cochcroft said. “We made a lot of mistakes also, but, overall, we got better today.”
With White Knoll holding a three-point lead heading into the second quarter, the game’s pace picked up.
The game started to bounce back and forth with both teams creating multiple chances on each possession via offensive rebounds. It looked as though Airport might create some momentum heading into the half when Daniel Gillins dunked on a fast break to pull his team to within 24-19.
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White Knoll held them off, however, and grabbed a 29-24 advantage at the break.
The second half was much of the same as the Timberwolves were able to maintain a six-to-seven point lead. If not for a few bad breaks, Airport could have won the game on their free throw shooting.
“We’ve got guys that attack the basket really well,” Airport coach Jimmy Kinard said. “I tell them to go ahead and attack the basket and draw those two shots, and for the most part, we shot free throws really well.”
Kinard’s Falcons shot 22-of-24 from the line for the night.
Airport pulled within six points with 4 minutes remaining off of a Josh Williamson 3, but it was Emarius Logan of White Knoll who brought home the win as he finished with 19 points.
“Logan is one of those guys we look to in the fourth quarter,” Cochcroft said. “He can just took over and he creates a lot problems for the other teams.”
The win puts White Knoll at 5-1 for the season as they gear up to host Midlands Valley on Tuesday.
With the loss, Airport drops to 1-3 with Columbia on the docket for next week.
WK: Emarius Logan 19, Najee Garvin, 12, Chris Dorrah 6, Jason Rumph 6, T.J. Knight 4, Trevor North 3, Wayna Williams 3, Tyquila Moore 2. AP: Josh Williamson 18, C.J. Wright 14, Daniel Gillins 6, Alphonso Tucker 4, Alex Dunbar 3, Sammy Frazier 2