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Knights Win Litchfield Tourney

By Anthony Jones, Reporter, Reporter

The Triad Knights won the Litchfield basketball tournament this past week for the first time in school history. The team won 4 games to take home the title. Their first win came on January 18 against the Mount Zion Braves.

This past Tuesday, the Knights played their second game in the tournament. That contest saw them matchup with the Greenville Comets. Greenville entered with a 5-10 record.

In the first half, Triad lit up the scoreboard. That strong offensive start gave them a 37-23 lead. 17 of those points were contributed by senior Luke Cox.

The second half saw Triad expand their lead by one point, to win by a final of 66-51. Cox was the leading scorer with 24 points total.

On Thursday night the team played in the semi-final game. Their opponents were the Nokomis Redskins who entered with an 11-6 record. Triad had previously beat the Redskins 60-49 in their season opener.

Triad jumped to a 12-11 at the end of the first quarter in a closely contest start. However, the Knights pulled away before halftime to take a 25-18 point into the break. The offense was balance to start, with Triad’s leading scorer only having 8 points.

Triad had another great quarter in the third to take a 43-30 lead. During that period, senior Luke Cox scored his 1,000 career point on a deep three point shot. Only 14 Triad Knights had achieved that feat prior to him.

By a final score of 56-41, the team held on for the win in the fourth quarter. Cox led the team with 22 points. Their win sent the team to the tournament championship.

All that stood between Triad and the championship on Saturday was the defending champion Taylorville Tornadoes. Taylorville entered with a 10-9 record and a 79-74 loss from earlier in the season to Triad.

Both offenses came out strong to end the first quarter with the two teams tied at 19-19. Triad took a 1 point lead into half when the score was tied 37-36. Cox had a dominant start with 19 points.

By the end of the third quarter, Triad had built a solid 57-52 lead. Triad finished the job in the fourth quarter by outscoring Taylorville 24-7. This gave them an 81-59 victory.

Cox set a new career high with 40 points total in the tournament, which was seven points shy of the school record. Nate Winslow also added 17 points in the championship win.

Cox was named the MVP of the tournament. He totaled up 119 points over the four games, which was more points than he scored in all of the 2017-2018 season. Senior Michael Tentis was also named to the all-tournament team.

Over the next week, the Knights will travel to conference foe Mascoutah and will also host Gibault Catholic.

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