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Knight hoop boys easily dispatch a pair of rivals



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DAVID VELEZ drives to the hoop against Laconia on Friday, Feb. 19. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
February 22, 2010
WOLFEBORO — In the odd world that is the Heal Point Standings used in Class I this season, the Kingswood boys' basketball team could actually drop a place or two in the standings after winning games against two of its biggest rivals last week.

The Knights defeated Plymouth and Laconia in easy fashion last week, but because the Bobcats and Sachems are struggling through tough years, the Knights get less credit for beating them than they did under the old system that simply dealt with wins and losses.

"It was certainly a good win to get, but the bad thing is with the system we have, both wins could potentially knock us down a spot or two," Chick said.

The Knights played host to the Sachems on Friday, Feb. 19, and had no problems controlling the game from the beginning and recorded a 56-36 win.

The Knights led 37-12 at halftime and 46-21 after three quarters of play.

"We could've kept on rolling, but we didn't," Chick said, noting that his team stopped shooting three-pointers and kept the score down.

"Nine people scored, but we certainly didn't rub it in," the veteran coach said.

All 10 of the players that Chick had available to him got in the game and they all contributed in one way or another to the win.

Kevin Smithwood was the top scorer, netting 17 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and had four blocks.

"After that it was a bunch of people doing a bunch of different things," Chick pointed out.

Kohl Meyers had six points and dished out three assists, but also picked up three steals.

Zack McKenzie came off the bench to chip in five points, while Joey Irvine came off the bench to net seven. Tim Campbell had six points and grabbed nine rebounds and also blocked four shots. Tate Jozokos had six points, four rebounds and three assists. David Hersey got the start for the Knights and had four points, three rebounds and a block.

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

The Knights headed to Plymouth on Wednesday, Feb. 17, after snow postponed the game from a night earlier.

The Knights jumped out to a quick 21-9 lead and never looked back, leading 43-21 at halftime and 66-31 after three quarters before recording the 80-42 win.

"It was pretty much ours from the beginning," said Chick.

Heading into the game, however, Chick was a bit nervous, as the Bobcats had played a series of great games on their home courts, with close losses to Souhegan, Hanover and Lebanon.

"They have played a lot of very good games at their place," the Knight mentor noted. "I was very concerned about that going in."

However, the Knights got points from six different people in the first quarter and pulled away quickly.

"We made our foul shots, we made our fast breaks and we made our layups," Chick said.

For the night, the Knights shot 60 percent from the field, dished out 22 assists as a team and had an impressive 21 steals.

It was also the Knights' second win over Plymouth this season, something that hasn't happened for Chick's squad in a number of years.

"This year we've had a bunch of firsts happening, there's a lot of things going on this year that are different than what we've had going on in years past, Chick said, touting a win at Coe-Brown and a pair of wins over Plymouth as a couple of those things.

Jozokos led the scoring parade in Plymouth, pouring in 21 points, including a couple of three-pointers. He also added six assists.

Meyers had 13 points and seven assists, while Smithwood had 12 points and seven rebounds. Dylan Lovering had 10 points, while Hersey had seven points and six rebounds. Campbell had four points, but had a big night on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds. David Velez had four points, an assist and three steals off the bench.

The Knights will be in action on Friday, Feb. 26, at St. Thomas. The boys will return home to host Bishop Brady in the home finale on Tuesday, March 2, and will head to Oyster River on Thursday, March 4, for a make-up game. All games are set for 6:30 p.m.

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