The Upson-Lee Middle School Knights basketball team earned their biggest victory of the season thus far last Tuesday when they took care of business in a 55-48 victory over Manchester. Coming off of a big victory, the Knights could have been primed for a let down against the 0-6 Pirates from Pike County.
As the game started it looked as if the Knights had come out of the locker room a little flat, and the gritty, hustling Pirates from Pike County were causing the Knights some problems. Early in the game the Pirates even took a 9-7 lead on the undefeated Knights with 2:21 left in the first quarter. However, it was the Knights’ 22-8 run to close the first half of the game that would put the game away.
“I wasn’t very happy with the way we played to start the game,” said ULMS Knights head coach Tim Cook. “I felt like we came out and just thought the other team was going to lay down, but they didn’t and it took a little while for our guys to get going.”
In the second quarter the Knights started to knock down some three pointers, coming from Cameron Traylor, Tavias Fagan, and Zyrice Scott. The Knights were also able to get their big man Travon Walker going down in the paint. Walker finished the game with a team high 14 points.
Leading the Pirates by a 29-17 score at halftime, the Knights came out in the third quarter and sealed the deal with a 13-1 run to start the second half of the game. The Knights’ full court pressure also started to take it toll on the Pirates, while the Knights cruised to the 54-33 victory.
Walker led all players in the game with 14 points, while Tavias Fagan added 13 points. Zyrice Scott reached double figures with 12 points, and Ziquan Brown banged his way to eight points down in the paint. Cameron Traylor scored five points, while Anthony Wiggins chipped in with two points.
The Knights victory improve their record to 7-0, and will now take a small hiatus during the Christmas and New Years breaks. They will resume their play on Jan. 9 when they travel to take on Rehoboth Middle School.