Knights come out with energy, cruise to easy win over Marauders | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Dec 20, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Landon Overturf shoots the ball against Mariner.

After losing to Cascade earlier in the week, Kamiak knew what it needed to do against district rival Mariner.

The Knights came out fired up with energy at the start and sustained that energy through all four quarters to defeat the Marauders 72-52 in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Friday, Dec. 15, at Kamiak High School.

“We stepped it up a lot from the last game,” said Knights senior guard Carson Tuttle, who scored a game-high 19 points. “We just wanted to make sure we had a lot more energy today. The crowd was electric, which helped out. It was a packed house. Our bench really got into the game.”

Kamiak (2-1 in the league, 2-3 overall) outscored Mariner (0-3, 2-5) 15-2 to start the game and led 19-10 after the first quarter. The Knights extended their advantage to as much as 15 points in the second quarter before the Marauders closed on an 11-5 run to cut the Kamiak lead to 33-24 at halftime.

The Knights quickly regained the upper hand, using a 12-3 run to boost the lead back to 45-27 in the third quarter.

“Toward the end of the first half, they started hitting some outside shots,” Tuttle said. “We were getting lazy and not putting our hands up. We put more ball pressure on them and tried to make it a little more difficult for them to walkup and shoot shots.”

Jordan Meyer scored 18 points and Patrick Olson had 10 points. Senior Edwin Bouah led Mariner with 17 points and teammate Dwan Mallett contributed 12 points.

Kamiak coach Cory West praised his bench’s play, noting that in the 63-60 loss to Cascade, one reserve scored one basket during the entire game. Six bench players scored against Mariner.

“I thought Jordan Meyer really stepped up. He had some big minutes off the bench,” West said. “Tonight it (scoring) was very spread out.”

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