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Knights get back on track with win over Eagles



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KINGSWOOD’S KEVIN SMITHWOOD and Kennett’s Matt Ashnault vie for a loose ball during action Jan. 15 in Wolfeboro. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
January 18, 2010
WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood boys' basketball team bounced back from its two-game losing streak with a 54-45 win over Carroll County rival Kennett on Friday, Jan. 15.

The Eagles came to town still looking for their first win, but Kingswood coach Dan Chick was not about to take the Kennett boys lightly.

"They were the kind of team that just hangs in there, they wouldn't go away," Chick said. "We played them tough, they played us tough, it was a typical Kingswood-Kennett game."

The veteran Knight mentor also knew that the Eagles came into the game with most of their contests featuring a deficit of less than 10 points, so he was expecting a tough game.

But the Knights also came to play and it all started with the solid defensive effort.

"We played good defense and kept switching things up," said Chick. "I think it screwed them up a little bit when we changed things around."

Chick utilized his entire bench and everybody chipped in to help the Knights grab the much-needed victory. After a 4-0 start, the Knights had dropped two in a row coming into the Kennett game.

"We really needed this one," Chick said. "And we played hard enough to grab it."

The Knights got great games from senior captains Dylan Lovering and Kevin Smithwood, who earned the respect of Kennett coach Steve Coté for their great work on both ends of the floor.

Lovering finished with 19 points and Smithwood chipped in with 16.

"The two captains really did it for us, they stepped up," said Chick.

Sophomore Kohl Meyers added eight points and picked up a couple of key steals, while freshman Tate Jozokos added four points but also doled out four assists and had a couple of big steals for the Knights.

"It was a good team effort," Chick said.

The Knights were defeated on their home court for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 12, when the Oyster River Bobcats came to town and handed the Knights a 64-45 defeat.

The Bobcats came out on fire and took a 10-point lead after the first quarter, only to see the Knights come roaring back to tie the game in the second frame.

"They were on their way to blowing us out in the first quarter," Chick said. "But in the second we did a great job coming back and tied it up."

From that point on, the veteran Knight mentor thinks that some tired legs may have played a factor in the second half, as the Bobcats pulled away in the third quarter and put the game away in the fourth quarter.

"I think we had some very tired legs and in the third and fourth quarters they put it away," Chick said. "They're very athletic and very talented, but so are we. It just didn't work out."

Smithwood and Lovering were once again the top scorers for Kingswood. Smithwood had 14 points and Lovering added a dozen. Nine of Smithwood's points came in the second quarter when the Knights made their run. He also pulled down nine rebounds and had four blocks on the defensive end.

The Knights aren't scheduled to be back in action until Tuesday, Jan. 26, when they host Plymouth at 6:30 p.m.

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